Kaira Looro aims to discover new talents and to discover sustainable architecture models for humanitarian purpose to improve life conditions in developing countries.
The project aims at giving women leadership opportunities that encourage them to participate in village politics and administration which the location currently lacks, through highly ranking leadership coaching, literacy training, business training, organizational mobilization and market access, enabling women entrepreneurs to sell their goods in the global community.
The architecture is a reflection of the region’s socio-cultural practices. The design uses local materials and sustainable technologies to promote self construction and community participation emphasizing why these women must be celebrated every single day. The light Senegalese fabric roof in contrast to the other materials, symbolizes breaking the rigidity of social structure in the context and welcomes women into a safe and secure space where they feel empowered.The value of this fabric not only lies in its weaving technique but also in its ceremonial marking the main rites in a women’s life like using it as fertility aid. Flattened oyster shells found on site are used to cover the window frames letting in diffused light into the structure ,adding character to the facade and the shellwork can be done by the women,thus adding to their marketing skills. The structure responds to the climatic conditions through its material usage and by adopting passive cooling techniques. The rainwater coming down from the roof is collected in a water tank and can further be used for various purposes.
The spaces follow a hierarchy which then leads you to the more introverted spaces housing workshops and can also function as a maternity home. The workshops are designed to be flexible so as to be in use throughout the day and hold activities like seminars ranging from marketing and income generating skills to menstrual health awareness.The courtyard acts like the life of the community, a gathering space for all activities which also enhances the microclimate of the structure. It serves as a space for self defense workshops, performance area and a space where women can come together and chat along with their children.
Thus, the structure standing adjacent to the main road creates an active exterior to provide them with economic opportunities and at the same time maintains privacy in the interior to create a safe space for them even during their everyday life