In the spring of 2012 Architects Without Borders Denmark were contacted by the Danish NGO, REACT, with a hope for architectural support creating the building for REACT’s IT education in Magburaka.
The project consists of creating a building that provides various possibilities within education and IT, such as an internet café, various courses and humanitarian events. The building is furthermore intended as a community centre that can hold different events for the local community.
Magburaka, Sierra Leone.
- To improve the education in Sierra Leone and secure access to information. In Sierra Leone only 0,3% has access to the Internet.
- Capacity building of local labour through collaborations with local entrepreneurs and craftsmen. The building process has furthermore functioned as training, internship and education through weekly meetings and coaching.
The construction of MECC is a part of REACT’s educational and development work in Sierra Leone.
The centre relates to the surrounding buildings and local building traditions, but is also characterized by a more creative processing to make the building stand out.
The building furthermore demonstrate environmental sustainability: Solar panels are used as an alternative source of energy and the consumption of electricity is kept visual to keep an eye on the usage. Rain water is collected, there’s access to compost toilets and we used soil blocks for construction (burned ‘bricks’ made from local soil mixed with a bit of cement and pressed in a mechanical press).
Details have been processed on ground using locally available materials.
React (Youth Dream Centre Sierra Leone), Technical University of Denmark.
The project has been financed from the surplus of the non-profit Café Retro. Statens Kunstfond and Paula Fond have also contributed financially and the Danish bank Merkur Bank has donated solar panels.
2012 – 2017
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