‘Library of Muyinga’

Muyinga, capital of Muyinga province, can now enjoy its first library in history, designed by Belgian practice bc architects and members of the local community. The structure is the first instalment of a school for deaf children, built with help from the community and local materials. The design itself is heavily derived from a participatory approach that interprets history and vernacular with the contemporary – a longitudinal hallway like a portico is heavily used in regional houses. This is a space not only used to move from one room to another but is a buffer protected from heavy rains and pounding sun where the majority of social interactions occur. Compressed earth blocks were made on site and constitute the primary structure that consists of a series of columns and in-filled walls. Wooden members make up the rafters with sun-baked clay tiles on the roof while the interior features timber floors and bookshelf steps, a handmade net hammock for reading, ventilation through the offset bricks along the top of the space and natural light through the tall street-side openings with manoeuvrable wooden screens. The volume and nature of the peripheral walls help maintain a steady and comfortable interior environment.

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Construction process:

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+ VIA: designboom

+ INFO about the construction and participatory processes here

images © bc architects
all images courtesy of bc architects

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