louise braverman architect: village health works staff residence
louise braverman architect: village health works staff residence louise braverman architect: village health works staff residence
nov 13, 2011

louise braverman architect: village health works staff residence

‘village health works staff residence’ by louise braverman architect, kigutu, burundi, africa all images courtesy of louise braverman architect

new york-based practice louise braverman architect has designed the ‘village health works staff residence’, a 6,000 square foot residence in the hills of kigutu in burundi, africa. the first building to be implemented within a larger masterplan, this installment will offer 20 beds which are sustained with off-the-grid resources including a solar farm. cutting into the terrain to reduce excavation costs and accentuate the earth’s natural insulation, the linear structure contains open porticos which allow transparency through the vividly colored interior walls.

to facilitate the kigutu indigenous outdoor communal culture, the oversized porch doors seamlessly connect the inside and out, welcoming all who enter into a series of public living spaces. similarly the ten double private sleeping rooms, each with its own personal entry porch, echo this semi-permeability. the porosity of the exterior will encourage sociability, enhance air flow and simultaneously frame unobstructed transverse views of the landscape beyond. deep roofs eaves will block direct daylight while collecting rainwater for irrigation. materials for construction are sourced from the area and manually formed, eliminating the need for machine and skill training of the community members.

view of the building from below

end porch

vividly colored porches line the facades

view of the landscape beyond

aerial view of site

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


thermal insulation diagram

enhanced natural ventilation diagram

  • freshman project?

    tourist says:
  • This is a beautiful, sustainable architectural project. Awesome!

    architecture fan says:
  • This looks like a great project that should be replicated by the architect throughout Africa. I would imagine there are locations in the US that could use this as well.

    WashingtonReader says:
  • Just beautiful! If I didn’t know it was Africa and had stopped only a few pictures down, this could have been in the US. Very impressive!

    grover89 says:
  • Wonderful vibrant colors that fit right into the landscape!

    We need more buildings that blend and architects like Louise Braverman who think about such things.

    CTprofessor64 says:
  • Using the earth’s natural insulation is a great idea, the kind of green ideas that should be implemented. I would like to see more work from this architect.

    MaxwellTDF says:
  • Looks like a great place to live! I hope the chimpanzee don’t agree.

    FarmFan1 says:
  • You are kidding me, right?

    Bonga says:
  • Nice!

    t says:
  • Bad project, poor images and hilarious diagrams.

    oma says:

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