Design for Communities - GiacomoMoor

Design for Communities

LiveinSlums

Architecture

2024

Design for Communities

LiveinSlums

Architecture

2024

Assistants: Michele Canziani / Dario Passi
Photo: Filippo Romano / Alessandro Treves

The collaboration with Live in Slums, which began in 2023 with the design of the furniture for the refettory and dormitory of the Why not Academy of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, continues with the design and realization of a small architecture, dedicated to the preparation and distribution of food for the children of the same school. This minimal unit, located in the courtyard of the complex and elevated on a concrete podium that protects it from weather and flooding, is designed to house a kitchen capable of cooking up to 300 meals a day. The need to ensure easy passage of food from the kitchen to students and, at the same time, to insulate the cooking and preparation area from dust and the risk of theft at night was a major influence on the design logic. A structural, yet lightweight, solid wood primary frame sets the design of the elevations with a constant rhythm and, thanks to its special geometry, allows a series of secondary panelling to slide within it. Ease of adapting sizes in the three dimensions, constructive autonomy among parts, and easy replacement of each component are the design criteria that make this micro-architecture extremely flexible and adaptable to very different socio-environmental contexts.

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