housing proposal for 15-member family in rural tanzania develops around single looped wall
 

housing proposal for 15-member family in rural tanzania develops around single looped wall

indian architects T R radhakrishnan and karthikeyan V J have introduced ‘house with one wall’, a low-cost residential proposal for a 15-member family in rural tanzania. the project has been created as an entry for a competition conducted by archstorming, and has been selected as a finalist submission. 

house with one wall in rural tanzania 5
view from pasture land
all images courtesy of T R radhakrishnan and karthikeyan V J

 

 

according to T R radhakrishnan and karthikeyan V J, tanzanian architecture’s essence is found in ‘celebrating nature and everyday life through simple expression’. the architects have used local materials to propose a single looped wall house which forms a simple room. this room is reconfigured with temporary partitions which facilitate the diverse functions of the residence, adapting and accommodating the family’s needs.

house with one wall in rural tanzania 6living room

 

 

the main body of the building arranges the public and private programs along the site’s linear axis with a responsive orientation to sun movement. the masses further break to form fluid living areas, define circulation, and blend indoors with outdoors by careful rotation and punctuation. the looped wall acts as a flexible space element that demarcates and unites spaces and programs. it meanders, bends, breaks, turns, creating a variety of environments. with surfaces subtracted and punctured, the looped wall provides healthy ventilation and connects the extended veranda spaces all around.

house with one wall in rural tanzania 3courtyard

 

 

resonating the idea that every family member has an equal part in this home, the wall is conceptualized as an associative element for everyone to make memories and share lives. similar to the family, the wall stands as a whole, yet has its unique parts. the flexible configuration allows the family to optimize usage and provide the possibility for future expansion as family.

house with one wall in rural tanzania 8outdoor kitchen

 

 

the project emphasizes the usage of local building materials including handmade bricks, organic colored mud plaster, stone foundation, and timber structure to reduce the cost. the wall as a concept explores and encourages building a healthy and efficient home that adores simplicity yet gives room for allowing complex daily life activities. it presents a humble house that costs less, yet offers more.

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wall, nature and everyday life

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everyday life integrated with the wall

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constructibility

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house with one wall in rural tanzania 9
plan

 

 

project info:

name: house with one wall
architects: T R radhakrishnan and karthikeyan V J
visualisation: aniket umaria, T R radhakrishnan
location: getamock, tanzania
competition: archstorming

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

  • Fascinating concept that has been long in coming. It appears to accommodate basic African culture needs. Wish I could see it on the ground, complete with living people under one roof and yet private enough for wholesome life. Where are you in Tanzania?

    Ulli Mwambulukutu

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