idea & concept
From Landscape to Roofscape
The design idea for the community centre in Okana is inspired by the local Acacia Tree.
It is a popular meeting point for all community members to chat and discuss. Underneath the tree people find a shadow place to hide from the bright sun or protection from heavy rains during the rainy season.
We translated the culture of the community to gather under trees and the characteristics of the Acacia into an architectural roofscape -
a pilot building principle suitable to be applied in other locations than Okana, yet able to be modified by individual spaces underneath.
Important requirements for the roof are consequently to catch water and collect sun while providing naturally ventilated spaces inside.