Completion Date: October 2015


The Magoda Project, Magoda, Tanga, Tanzania
Ingvartsen Architects

The Magoda Project
Improved housing design to minimise diseases in rural Tanzania.

The Magoda Project is a series of eight prototype homes constructed in in Magoda, a rural village in the Tanga region of Tanzania. The project explores design elements of traditional Asian and African homes to generate a variety of new and improved housing designs to minimise diseases in rural Africa.

In sub-Saharan Africa, many infectious diseases including Malaria are acquired in and around the home. There are great demands to improve the health of local residents, specifically through the space they spend the majority of their time in – the home. Low-cost houses prevalent in rural Africa usually consists of mud or brick walls with few (if any) windows. Airflow is minimal and basic facilities such as cooking areas, safe water supply and sanitation are usually absent or rudimentary. Architectural modifications used to improve the typical African home is an effective way to target domestic issues such as health, hygiene, comfort and most importantly, diseases. 

The eight houses integrate Asian architectural features (to optimise airflow) with traditional African building methods familiar in the local area. Alongside collaboration with local engineers, labourers, doctors and sociologists, the final designs were materialised through precise research and observations of the local climate, to maximise indoor comfort. The building types are single or double storey houses clad in wood, bamboo or shade-net, with semi-outdoor kitchens, water-harvesting tanks and sanitation facilities. The houses were assigned to the residents through a lottery system. 

In addition, the project was used as an investigative tool to evaluate the indoor climate of different housing designs, modifications and building materials. The project engages with local community leaders and important stakeholders to improve the acceptance of the new housing designs. The housing designs optimise comfort and health in rural African homes through locally developed structures and materials. 

Project Information
Architects: Ingvartsen Arkitekter
Project Team: Jakob Knudsen, Lorenz von Seidlein, William N. Kisinza, Konstantin Ikonomidis, Emi Bryan, Salum Mshamu and Kiondo Mgumi
Location: Magoda Village, Tanga, Tanzania
Project Year: 2014/2015

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