Build 01 : Burkina Faso

The charity One to One Children’s Fund indicated that many of their affiliated clinics required waiting rooms and community areas, while the clinic in Burkina Faso specifically asked for a children’s shelter/play area to protect them from the sun.

In reality, the design has to be flexible enough to adapt to a whole spectrum of uses from wedding chapel to emergency refugee shelter. The final design therefore should not only benefit the clinics but have global implications.

As such the design has to mitigate against hugely varying climatic conditions. This is achieved by using undulating walls and narrow structure which encourage cross ventilation, further heat is then exhausted as it rises through the central void. Inhabitants are protected against rainfall by the triangular and overhanging roof while wind is dissipated through the structure's circular shape and stripped walls.

If the shelter is to have global application it will need to be shipped or airlifted to various locations worldwide. The lightweight structure can therefore be folded flat and unfolded in a circular motion like a concertina. Fixing the two ends together forces the structure under tension subsequently making it rigid.

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Today is the day. By evening the shelter is complete. Nothing can describe the elation we feel in successfully completing the project.”
Charlie Curtis : 18th May











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and the building of our first shelter.












































Click the photos to see the gallery of Burkina Faso
and the building of our first shelter.

















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