Ingwavuma Orphan Care

Completed whilst working at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicola du Pisanie, Matt Vaudin and Adam Chambers worked together on this project.

We worked with Ingwavuma Orphan Care to provide a range of facilities in the Northern KwaZulu Natal area of Africa. Our involvement began with two houses for orphaned and vulnerable children, cared for by house mothers.

We designed a hospice, dispensary, chapel and offices to support the wider community and provide care for those with HIV and other terminal diseases.

We aimed to provide strategic and design advice with a light touch; working with a local architect, Rodney Harber, to deliver the project on site, and allowing the local charity workers to oversee the building and running of the facilities themselves.

The site is situated within a valley where the climate is one of extremes with very high levels of humidity. The challenge is to develop a design that passively controls the harsh environment in a way that is appropriate and sensitive to the rural locale. The project involved exploring building with mud bricks, and facilitating the shipping of 200 photovoltaic panels from a petrol station in Roehampton to be used on the site.

Small Project Architect of the Year 2016

RIBA National Award Winner 2015