Students from the Institute of Experimental Architecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction and City Development) have been working together to build three residential prototypes at a 1:1 scale for Addis Ababa: the capital of Ethiopia and the heart of Africa’s hyper-urbanization. They said, “The development of fundamentally new concepts is the main duty for creating sufficient living spaces. The concepts must be socially robust, open and flexible in their spatial structure and usage. The introduction of innovative building techniques and the lowest maintenance requirement possible is a central point that planners have to focus on.”

The three projects each had a budget of R140000 or less to create their structure and the project brief placed a big emphasis on the sustainability and social impact of their designs. One project took three months to build while another takes 1 day to erect.

“The three housing solutions are the product of a culturally and socially motivated design investigation and can respond to highly flexible occupation scenarios. The proposed way of building and the simple design promotes economic, cultural and social sustainability by respecting existing ways of living while introducing improved contemporary housing standards” – the group said.

Read more on the project process, working methods and and use of materials.