See Far Affordable Housing
SEE FAR Affordable Housing
Kigali City is struggling to keep up with its demand for affordable housing for the growing middle class. See Far Housing, Ltd. and GAC are designing a housing development in accordance with the city’s affordable housing guidelines. Proceeds from the unit sales will support the operations of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, a residential and educational community of 500 vulnerable youth in Rwanda.
Landlocked and lacking most building resources, with exceptions to clay, Rwanda’s construction costs are higher than most sub-Saharan countries. Kiln dried bricks takes advantage of abundant and high-quality clay in Rwanda and are the most common and reliable material. But typical bricks have uneven surfaces and use poor firing technologies that make them inefficient.
Modern Bricks innovated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SKAT) have been manufactured by existing kiln owners who were trained and equipped by SKAT. Its Rowlock Bond allows concrete columns and ring beans to be integral to the walls’ cavities, eliminating the need for expensive and wasteful formwork. GAC and SKAT are working together to push Modern Brick’s design and engineering limits to meet the housing demands of Kigali and the Rwandan government’s economic policy.
Kabeza Sector, Gasabo District, Kigali City, Rwanda
250-Unit Multi-story Affordable Housing Community
Community: 10 Ha
Phase 01 : Master Plan & Unit Design
James Setzler | Principal in Charge
Patrice Ndababonye | Project Manager
Yutaka Sho | Design Principal
Michael Beaman | Design Principal
Zaneta Hong | Design Principal
SKAT | Materials Research
Earthenable | Materials Research
MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGIES:
Earthen Structural Units with Rowlock Bond by SKAT
Compressed Soil Floor by Earthenable