In 2009 Camilla Kragh from AWB met an engineer from Environmental Foundation For Africa (EFA) at a beach in Sierra Leone. He proposed a collaboration around an environmental learning center with focus on environment, sustainable farming and energy.
Design and construction of an environmental learning center with the aim of enlightening the population and politicians about the vast environmental challenges that Sierra Leone faces.
Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Increasing the knowledge level for school classes, students and the local population.
- Create a building that will serve as hub for environmental organizations in West Africa and strengthen their collective efforts.
- Create a building with distinct visual landmark properties that signals the importance of the environmental organization’s efforts and highlights their existence.
- To demonstrate how to build with a combination of modern and traditional sustainable materials.
The project is based on experience from our staff housing project in Masanga. The building rests on a pillar-foundation, both to limit the use of cement and to minimize the environmental footprint. The building has built-in waterless VIP toilets that produces fertilizer for farm-use. Solar cells and water collection is part the permanent exhibition. The building makes extensive use of natural ventilation to demonstrate an alternative to resource-guzzling air condition. Through its exhibits the center demonstrates simple, practical solutions in the fields of sustainable farming, forestry and energy. The center itself is conceived as an example to be followed. It has a both scenic and strategic location at the edge of three different eco-systems: rain forest, mangrove and beach.
2009 – 2014
You can read about the project in our book Developing Architecture – Learning From Sierra Leone. In 2014 the book was awarded the Lille Arne prize by the Danish Architectural Association for its dissemination of a humanitarian architectural practice.