Midwives Quarters Have

Collaboration:

The project is part of a collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Design, PBSA Düsseldorf [Germany] School of Architecture and Have Technical School [Ghana].

 

Outline:

This project focuses on the revitalization of underutilized building materials in the local area through new building techniques. These techniques are applied to new housing for the midwives and visiting medical staff of the local health center. Students work together with other students from Germany and Ghana, as well as, local craftsmen. The combination of skills gained in any design build project, cannot be harnessed anywhere else. Students not only gain knowledge related to design and research, but also hands on experience on a construction site. They will understand design details, calculating quantities, construction budgets, schedules and financing. In addition, they are able to make changes in the field as challenges arise and watch their designs come to fruition. All while learning about a new culture and its needs. This start to finish process allows a more cohesive glimpse at the life cycle of creating a building.

 

site before

Marking Site | Pre-construction

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building blocks

Sandcrete Blocks | Building Material | Pre-construction

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foundation

Foundation | Construction

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community infill

Foundation Infill | Community | Construction

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floor beams

Floor Beams | Structure | Construction

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constructing mason walls

Masonry Wall | Construction

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building brick wall

Brick Wall | Construction

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bamboo frame

Bamboo Frame | Construction

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bamboo detail

Bamboo Detail | Construction

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raising bamboo

Raising Bamboo Frame  | Construction

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group photo

Phase 01 Group | Construction

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floor

Concrete Floor | Construction

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floors drying

Interior | Construction

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elders with building

End of Phase 01 Ceremony | Counsel of Elders

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