Aging in Africa, Cote D’Ivoire Building, African Design Project, News, Architect, Picture
Aging in Africa : Ivory Coast Building
Cote D’Ivoire Architecture – design by HWKN Architects
18 May 2010
Aging in Africa
Design: HWKN, New York City, USA
Aging in Africa sets out to be the first age-valued community on the African continent where the elderly can maintain a meaningful and healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and safe environment. It is a retirement community for Catholic priests that are excluded from the traditional, family based, model of elder care in Cote D’Ivoire.
The architecture is shaped by deploying a holistic set of social, economic and environmentally sustainable theories pertaining to elder living and care. It is about architecture that does not just house caring, it is architecture as the caring device. Our hope is that it is an inspiration for a new breed of community that values the efficacy of spirit over efficiency of care.
The project, set on a sliver of land between the Atlantic and an inland lagoon, is organized like a typical Cote D’Ivoire village around a central spine which stretches North/South from existing streets to capture the site’s prevailing winds. Perforations along the perimeter let the natural vegetation grow into the village and capitalize on the stunning views towards the water. Single story residential buildings frame the village’s spine and submerge into nature at their back-ends to facilitate drainage and to blend the site’s edge with the environment.
The project’s public buildings are centered on the village axis to reinforce their communal function. Based on simple geometries, the building shapes tilt and fold in relationship to each other, yet with an individual expression. The peaks of the church employ a simple geometry that yields an iconic form that is at once a novel and familiar type of sacred space.
Aging in Africa – Building Information
LOCATION: Lagoon Aby, Cote D’Ivoire
ARCHITECT: HOLLWICHKUSHNER, LLC (HWKN)
AGING EXPERT: Emi Kiyota
CLIENT: Foundation Saint Joseph d’Arimathie
SCOPE: Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development
STATUS: Schematic Design Completed Fall 2009; Start construction scheduled beginning of 2011
PROJECT TEAM: Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Robert May, Marc Perrotta, and KimByung Kyun
Aging in Africa images / information from HWKN Architects
Location: Cote D’Ivoire, Africa
Soccer City Stadium, South Africa
Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners in partnership with Populous
image : Boogertman Urban Edge and Partners / Populous
Soccer City Stadium
Bibliotheca Alexandrina / Alexandria Library, Egypt
photo from Snøhetta Architects
Alexandria Library Egypt
British Council Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
British Council in-house architects
photo © James Brittain
British Council Building Africa
Comments / photos for the Aging in Africa – Cote D’Ivoire Architecture page welcome