The demand on African influenced architecture has risen over the last year and this was noted at the Venice Biennale 2014 where a book has been released on the topic, now coined Afritecture it appears African inspired design and architecture is relevant within the Western hemisphere and it continues to grow, no longer is the continent displaced within the field of architecture and with all the developments on the continent over the last couple of years. Afritecture is on the up and here to stay.
Affordable housing is a necessity for many cities on the continent and The Rugo is the traditional Burundi & Rwandan houses. The newly designed Rugo housing designed by George Pericles architects and designers project is a low-cost housing project located in Burundi, it has drawn its inspiration from vernacular solutions.
The new Rugo hopes to answer answers both the quantitative problem but also the quantitative one. Affordable housings in the region is most of the time just seen as a quantity issues. The Rugo is considered to be more than just housing is a new way to create villages.
“Architecture is not just about numbers. It has to provide a dignifying space for its users regardless of their incomes”
The architects sought to ‘merged the values of pre-colonial (community, adaptability) and modern typology’.
We believe that planning has to respond to current needs, but also to be relevant for a wealthier and more developed Africa. That’s why affordable housing for the poorest has to be able to evolve as comfort standards evolve
By merging the two typologies, the two structures, we designed a new one, the nerugo. The new rugo is evolutive, allowing changes as Burundi & Rwandan socities evolved.
The New Rugo is a typlogy, easily replicable, environmentaly aware. With low cost technologies and cultural appropriateness, we developed a system empowering fragile comunities in Burundi and in Rwanda.
(Photo’s courtesy of George Pericles )