Best Project of Private Residence

About the project
Inspired by the Traditional Hut and Kibanda, the Swahili word meaning ‘a house built from natural materials,’ this proposal adapts its concept from three main principles: Flexibility, Sustainability and the sense of community within the African context. The Kibanda is a home embracing the synergy that exists between the indoor and outdoor spaces, thus making use of natural materials and elements of the site, allowing the design to integrate with its context.
The design proposal lends from the arrangement of a traditional African homestead, which focuses on a central outdoor communal space that serves as an anchor to the secondary functions taking place around it. The circulation path curves along the outer rim of the communal space, which allows for expansion of the structure to form a complete circle, should the need arise. Over time, the expansion of this curve creating a complete circle would further embody the spirit of community.

Karatu, Tanzania

Project design year

Applicant and authors of the project
Adu Agyei Architecture Studio.
Designed-focused studio founded by Dickson Adu-Agyei. The studio is interested in creating simple, modern, and contemporary residential and sacred spaces that embrace nature, natural light and draws from the interest of our clients, affording each client a unique experience in the spaces we design.
Dickson Adu-Agyei, Mark Mohan and Lesego Maphoso.