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The Rugezi Marsh runs from North to South in the Northwest corner of Rwanda, connecting multiple ecosystems, villages, and cultures. This marsh undergoes annual wet/dry cycles creating a variety of landscape conditions and providing a habitat for multiple endangered species. For all these reasons the Rugezi Marsh is both a fragile and popular. The Rugezi Marsh Ecotourism Institute seeks to protect this diverse landscape and provide spaces to organize and host the many individuals and groups that visit the marsh . Through a collection of buildings, exterior spaces, landscape elements, and protective measures, this project addresses the ways constructed spaces can be created to have a low environmental impacts.
The Masoro Health Center is a campus that offers a diversity of experiences, and provides our client-community with improved hygiene standards and efficiency of use. We use the site’s severe topography to our advantage by composing a series of terraces and ramps to differentiate the major functions found in a health center in Rwanda: curative services, administrative function, preventive care and maternity services. The result is a diverse experience where the interior and exterior spaces and pathways are legible yet integrated to provide accessibility and physical connection. The design provides spaces that vary in size and configuration, privileging the pedestrian, and provides a flexibility of use for current and future needs.
Masoro, Rwanda | 2018
The Masoro Learning and Sports Center is a collaboration with Imbuto, a Rwanda-based nonprofit focused on combining continuing education with soccer for youth and young adults. GAC is designing and building a education and sports center in rural Rwanda. The Center includes classrooms, Computer training facilities, lecture and gathering rooms, a library, and outdoor meeting areas. The project also includes sports faculties for soccer (field, locker rooms, bathrooms, and practice spaces)
in 2013 GAC began working with Kate Spade to bring the work of artisans in Rwanda to a larger global audience. Kate Spade’s On Purpose program is a collaboration between the designer and the artist cooperative ADC. By 2015 we had begun working on a new workshop for ADC with the help of the On Purpose program. The workshop uses passive heating and cooling methods while providing a day-lit and flexible work space to adapt to new projects.
Developed in conjunction with a pre-fabricated metal structure provider, the See-Far Housing Project introduces novel forms and innovative construction methods for dense housing for urban environments in developing countries.
Designing homes in rural communities with no access to electricity and indoor plumbing means taking advantage of every natural system possible. The Masoro House uses a number of passive ventilation, day-lighting and thermal regulation techniques to make living healthy and comfortable. Committed to using low-impact building materials, maintaining a low-cost, and engaging predominantly unskilled local labor, GAC introduced EarthBag construction, the first application of its kind in Rwanda. EarthBags, originally developed as a military bunker construction technique, are woven polypropylene bags comprised of three chambers that can be packed with excavated earth and used to form stable load-bearing walls
The Jabana Playground is an addition to an existing primary school in the Jabana Sector, Rulindo District in Rwanda. The playground mitigates the change in elevation across the site with slides, climbing frames, and game areas, using materials with a variety of textures and scales.