BETHEL CHILDREN’S HOME. RUIRU, KENYA

design only, built and managed by client, 2005


The home offers refuge for 40-50 orphaned children in an un-planned sprawl of housing and informal businesses, with no services provided by the local authorities. The project was built with relatively un-skilled labour on an extremely low budget ($35,000) using locally sourced materials. Phasing allows construction stages as and when more funding becomes available.
The design tries to maximise the footprint of a small site. Within the confines of a solid perimeter wall are a series of courtyard spaces - social spaces for the practice of everyday chores that tend to be performed communally: drawing of water, washing, cooking, gardening etc. 

It is an important part of the design the the potentially vunerable children and staff feel secure within the compound, yet find their own sense of privacy in such a confined environment.

 

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