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Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation

Reception Gallery & WC


AJ SMALL PROJECTS 2013

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD SHORTLIST

in The Architects' Journal, 17 January 2013

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Hattie Hartman introduces the shortlist for the 'AJ Small Project Award for Sustainability 2013'

'A concern for sustainability shines through in a greater number of submissions this year and, encouragingly, not just in temporary structures.

'Where resources are scarce, necessity dictates lean use of materials. Such thinking permeates Kilburn Nightingale's reception building for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in Western Uganda. Eucalyptus framing and locally fired bricks make up the enclosure, which also incorporates flattened oil drums for roofing and a bright yellow shipping container (originally used to deliver foundry equipment to the site) which provides a secure area on the site. This marriage of natural and industrial materials results in an elegant simplicity, which could be more widely emulated in sustainable design in places where resources are less scarce.'

 


REPORT

Visitor centre, Ruwenzori Mountains, Uganda

'The latest buildings completed for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation comprise a small gallery/café building and visitor toilets. These form part of a longer-term project, which includes an art foundry, studios for visiting artists, housing and a clinic for the local community on a rural site in the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda.

'The gallery building is a simple enclosure built with eucalyptus framing, which is anchored to the ground and braced by a shipping container (which has been used to bring foundry equipment to the site). The walls to both gallery and toilets are of locally fired bricks with murram mortar and mud render. Roofs are recycled 44-gallon drums set on a eucalyptus structure.

'The resulting buildings are the first phase in an ambitious ensemble of buildings that has already started to bring visitors and employment - as well as a new engagement in art and sculpture - to this remote corner of Africa.'

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CREDITS

  • CLIENT
    Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
    Price & Myers
  • GROSS INTERNAL AREA
    105m2
  • PROCUREMENT
    Fixed lump sum
  • COST
    £37,145