A series of prototypes showcasing our intentions for both trekking stations as well as ongoing residential schematics by our architectural team. Prioritizing the use of traditional building techniques paired with natural, local materials (compressed earth block and bamboo) to reduce cost, increase efficiency, and minimize our environmental impact is our main focus.


Trekking Station Prototype

Constructed primarily of compressed earth block, this sustainable prototype intends to serve as a rural trekking station for the facilitation of community building, education, and healthcare within its dedicated community. By using a local labor force and supplying it's members with construction techniques in addition to the use of local materials, we do not simply leave them with a building, but a set of skills to produce other buildings as well as maintain the building we have created.

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ROUND HOUSE

Divided into three residential units comprised of two guest residencies and a main house, this round plan is centrally focused with a shared outdoor living spaces. The centripetal plan, material considerations, and usage of space were inspired by local vernacular. A central courtyard supplies play space for children and a covered outdoor kitchen and sitting area for all of the sites residents.  


Open Air Villa

Developed from local Gambian building techniques, materials, and climate studies, this sustainable modern home is designed to maximize energy performance, minimize construction cost, and carefully accommodates the local living customs. 

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Rear view of the water collection tank, outdoor kitchen space, elevated outdoor living room, and enclosed backyard.

Rear view of the water collection tank, outdoor kitchen space, elevated outdoor living room, and enclosed backyard.

Interior courtyard allows for a shaded gathering area while acting as a transition space to the second story spaces.

Interior courtyard allows for a shaded gathering area while acting as a transition space to the second story spaces.


Prototype 1

Highlighted by pockets of exposed compressed earth block, this white plaster coated assemblage of cubic spaces exemplifies a clean, modern aesthetic. It's central two story transition space acts as an eco-chimney, supplying light and ventilation, and it's variety of outdoor space properly suits the African way of life.

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Outdoor gathering space to the rear of the home sits adjacent to the second level outdoor spaces at the balcony and above the garage to create a web of private exterior connection as well as provides ample space for outdoor living, dining, and cooking.

Outdoor gathering space to the rear of the home sits adjacent to the second level outdoor spaces at the balcony and above the garage to create a web of private exterior connection as well as provides ample space for outdoor living, dining, and cooking.

A two story entry allows for natural light and stack ventilation to pull the heat up from the lower level of the house and out through the operable windows above the stairs.

A two story entry allows for natural light and stack ventilation to pull the heat up from the lower level of the house and out through the operable windows above the stairs.


Prototype 2

Prioritizing local materials bamboo and compressed earth block, this colorful home elevates the environmental standard while using its aesthetics as a marketing tool for sustainable construction. A variety of local rock dust leads way for a collage of earth block colors, complimented by bamboo partition walls and ceiling treatments. 

The interior allows for full connectivity between lower level spaces, and an open air transition from the bedrooms upstairs. The interior is celebrated with local bamboo, hardwoods, and exposed multi-colored earth blocks.

The interior allows for full connectivity between lower level spaces, and an open air transition from the bedrooms upstairs. The interior is celebrated with local bamboo, hardwoods, and exposed multi-colored earth blocks.