the magoda project

The Magoda Project is not designed for aesthetics but instead uses a “cultural exchange” in architecture to create a safer dwellings in Tanga, Tanzania. Developed by Danish architecture firm Ingvartsen, the project aims to enhance the health and well-being of occupants in sub-Saharan Africa. The Magoda village in Tanga is located in a region highly prone to infectious diseases, acquired in and around the home. Traditional low-income housing in the region features mud or brick walls and floors that are ground level, this creates minimal airflow and heat is trapped indoors. Poor airflow, combined with minimal access to sanitary water sources can create a breeding ground for diseases like Malaria, in spaces where people spend a significant amount of their time: the home.

Implementing Asian building methods, this project seeks to maximize airflow while utilizing local materials and blending with traditional African building methods. Three different materials are being tested in the project on the facade of eight houses. Bamboo, shade nets, and timber louvers (typically Asian elements) provide cross-ventilation through the openings in the materials. The dwellings still feature brick and concrete to serve as outdoor kitchen spaces and elevated platforms that protect the houses from flooding.

Breaking down cultural design barriers, the Magoda Project seeks to create dwellings that improve the quality of life for occupants and advance the areas environmental sustainability by using different cultural formulas.

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The Magoda ProjectPhase I House 120/Shade-net Cladding, Single Story

Square Metres 48m²

No. of Rooms Three (two bed rooms, one storage)

No. of Windows Six (two in each room)

Roof Corrugated Iron Sheets

Eaves Open with mosquito mesh

Window Type Open windows with mosquito mesh

Cooking Facilities Outdoors

Water Supply Water tank

The Magoda ProjectPhase I House 105/Bamboo Cladding, Double Story

Square Metres 48m²

No. of Rooms Three (two bed rooms, one storage)

No. of Windows Six (two in each room)

Roof Corrugated Iron Sheets Eaves Open

Window Type Open windows with mosquito mesh

Cooking Facilities Outdoors

Water Supply Water tank

The Magoda ProjectPhase I House 22 / Timber Louvers, Single Story

Square Metres 48m²

No. of Rooms Three (two bed rooms, one storage)

No. of Windows Six (two in each room)

Roof Corrugated Iron Sheets

Eaves Open

Window Type Open windows with mosquito mesh

Cooking Facilities Outdoors

Water Supply Water tank

The Magoda ProjectPhase II Village Council House/Bamboo and Mosquito Mesh, Double Story

Square Metres 63m² No. of Rooms Three

No. of Windows Open strip around the building

Roof Corrugated Iron Sheets

Eaves Open with mosquito mesh

Window Type Open windows with mosquito mesh

Cooking Facilities Outdoors

Water Supply Water tank

Read more about the project here.
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