Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and its remote gateway village, Mfuwe, is a place I love for it's unspoilt landscapes and wildlife, the kindness of its people, and the incredible symbiotic relationship between all kinds of non-profit organizations, tourist camps - lux and not so lux, and schools, villages and chiefdoms.
Competition now open: calling all architects, designers, builders and creative types
Submit an entry by November 15 with the chance to win a 4 night safari with the luxurious Bushcamp Company and Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia! Wildlife viewing of a lifetime! (Transportation not included – main airport is the capital of Lusaka from which Proflight Zambia flies to Mfuwe.)
Here is what the Project Luangwa is looking for:
A design proposal for housing volunteer teachers in Mfuwe, Zambia, repurposing 3 x 20-foot standard height and 1 x 40-foot high cube shipping containers.
Note that this is not like a full architectural competition – so a hand drawn schematic design, or an Archicad massing are both fine with the deadline coming so soon (3+ weeks from today)…
send entries to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the various community activities undertaken by Project Luangwa, visit:
Attached images show the three 20’ standard height containers (but not the 40’ high cube), as well as an example of what they do with containers in this remote part of Zambia with an image of the assembly hall at the Mfuwe school… where the containers provide storage space, walls, and bearing for the trussed roof which creates a large well ventilated, yet protected, courtyard for meals, instruction, etc.
I just received the geocoordinates for the building site and have modified the original post to show them:
The site is to the east of the learning center building site. Here's a satellite view from Google Maps as well as an annotated image from Project Luangwa showing roughly the lot allocated for the teacher housing...
The Trimble/Sketchup 3D Warehouse has a variety of container models that you can download for this project. In Archicad, do a Merge to open the downloaded Sketchup file (I used SU 2021 format with AC 27) and you will then place it as an object. Next, select and right click the object and Convert to Morph so that you can manipulate individual pieces, cut holes, etc. Keep all of the bits grouped so that you can move each container around; ungroup to modify.
Of course, if you have a copy of SketchUp, you can just do everything there vs Archicad...
Hello, I have a few questions:
1. In your notes you say "steel available for welding awnings, etc"
Do you know the size of steel members?
ie - if we want to cut out larger sections of the sides of the sea containers - which will require columns / strengthening.
2. Are separate materials available - ie for a truss roof over the containers like that shown in the example images, or is the budget extra tight?
3. Is the connected to sewer, or will it require septic tank / composting toilet?
Thanks for asking!
There is random steel available in this remote location - and probably not economic to ship in any special members. For example, lots of small angle iron for welding sun shading devices or furniture frames. Larger pieces would likely be re-purposed from the containers themselves from what is removed - whether pieces of side panels, the container doors, etc.
Framing material is available and roofs in the area are typically metal as in the photo or thatch from local sources.
I believe sewage will be via septic tanks. No need to include systems in the schematic design. Composting toilets would be a nice thing to mention, as I don't believe they are common at all in the area but would a great demonstration project in this area... both to cut water consumption / sewage needs ... and for housing near the rivers (not applicable here) to avoid any potential nutrient contamination. (The hippos provide plenty of contamination to the rivers of course, but human waste is another story...)
I'd focus primarily on a preliminary / schematic design concept and perhaps just make notes by large openings about structural reinforcement essential vs working out details.
Close of business on the 15th... Zambian time (Central Africa Time GMT+2). Drop an email to the two info@ addresses to let them know you will be submitting and to verify the time deadline. 5pm in Zambia is 7am US Pacific / 10 am US Eastern if you're in the US ... can't tell from your posts where you are 🙂