The winners of the second Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction from across region Africa Middle East were announced at a ceremony in Marrakech. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to eleven projects that illustrated the broad scope for applying sustainable construction approaches to the built environment across public and private architecture, urban planning, and environmental remediation.Sustainable construction projects applauded across Africa Middle East » pour en savoir plus (French) »
The program for the TunaHAKI Center located in Moshi, Tanzania, is at the same time both ordinary and spectacular, an orphanage and a public theatre. As opposed to the conventional approach of accommodating orphaned children in facilities isolated from the rest of the community, the orphanage is conceptualized as a communal focal point anchoring other community activities.
This creates the opportunity for orphans to become integrated into their social environment in a manner approaching that which a typical community may offer. It also facilitates the sharing of both construction and operational costs between the community and the private operators of the orphanage. In addition to these predominately social achievements, the project demonstrates the appropriate application of locally available measures making construction sustainable including the integration of local crafts and recycled materials and artifacts.
The project is commended due to its sensitive strategies for addressing the widely spread problem of HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa and its convincing commitment to sustainable construction.See more
The concept behind the TunaHAKI integrated theater and orphanage is both ordinary and spectacular. It connects an orphanage to a public theater – a private compound with a festive gathering place. As a communal focal point, orphans can better integrate into the life of the village; the concept also facilitates the sharing of construction and operational costs.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.13 MB) »