The Kamwokya community center and playground located just outside Kampala in one of the city’s largest informal slum areas was frequently affected by flooding causing annual damage to the surrounding residences and existing facilities.
Our civil and structural engineering teams worked together with Kéré Architects to design and create an elevated platform to house the center’s playground, multi-sports field, changing facilities, community hall, multi-purpose building, internet café and informal meeting areas. This concept not only provides a focal point for local residents, but also a safe means of directing flood water away from the buildings.
The construction includes locally sourced and engineered concrete, brick and lightweight steel canopies, with rainwater harvesting and a water tower for clean potable water.
The design combines architect Francis Kéré’s knowledge of vernacular architecture and materials to allow low-tech construction and maintenance and utilizes passive ventilation and cooling for the internal spaces.
This sustainable and resilient development at the heart of the local community provides an invaluable place where children and families can come together, connect and play safely.
- Civil engineering
- Structural engineering