Project

Baobab House


Size: 47 m2 BOA
105 m2 BTA
Client: pro-bono work for Econef
Year: 2013

Design team:
Pilvi Vanamo, Carolina Wikström, Frida Öster (Architects Without Borders Sweden)
Petter Fandén, Tobias Sjögren
(Engineers Without Borders Sweden)

The first house to be built at ECONEF Children’s Center, Tanzania, 2013.

Objectives and expected results of the Baobab House:

– To develope a sustainable house typology that is adapted to the local climatical, cultural and economical conditions in a northern Tanzanian context
– To integrate sustainable low-cost techniques such as rain water harvesting, solar panels, solar water-heating and ecological compost toilets in the architectural design
– To promote and spread knowledge on sustainable construction methods by creating a replicable house typology and documenting the process in building manuals
– To increase respect for the local building tradition, low cost techniques, and low maintenance solutions
– Increased access to clean water by environmentally friendly rain water harvesting solutions
– Increased environmental engagement and awareness
– Reduced dependency on private donations

Econef Children’s Center is an ongoing project and a collaboration with LÖ&V, Architects Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders and Econef

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