• Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

Architects: TAMassociati  
Location: Keur Bakar,  Senegal
Project Team: Studio tamassociati, INGECO srl, Domenico Maffeo, Luca Lazzarato, Chiara Maria Leonardi
Interior Décor: Studio Tamassociati
Project Year: 2017
Photographer: Studio Tamassociati
Website: www.tamassociati.org

TAM Associati inaugurated the 'eco-maison', the first batch of the H2OS project, which envisages the construction of an eco-village in Senegal’s Keur Village, 200 km from Dakar in a scheme that consists of common spaces and autonomous housing modules from the point of view of Energy and water in an area where desertification proceeds inevitably.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

The project predominantly focuses on desertification, school abandonment and in-mass emigration. H2OS is a project that aims to give hope to all the peoples of the African Sahel region. It is an open-source, replicable, adaptable and perfectible pilot project. It is the result of an international collaboration, born from the bottom and inspired by Sunugal - an association of Senegalese immigrants in Italy - which has increasingly collected memberships. And it is destined to become a model of sustainability for the entire continent, as well as adaptable anywhere.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

The eco-village will become a symbol of eco-modernity, sized on the technical, managerial, and agricultural self-sufficiency of local communities, which is also the central theme of this project.

Eco-dwellings, organized around the common eco-home technology, will be made of ground bricks in a community-based system. The most complex elements of buildings (central services, and facilities) are handled by specialized technicians who in the meantime set up local labor in the field.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

On-site maintenance is part of the wider scenario of self-sufficiencies underlying the project. The project envisions a below 200Euros per metre for cost of works in a sustainable model that reinforces this concept.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

The village will be a 'home of the community' devoted to research, training, information, Arts and crafts labs, and conviviality. It is envisioned as a public place of sharing, in which the first cornerstones of the ecological project will be shaped: from the recovery of rainwater for sanitary water to plant engineering, from the filtration system and from natural ventilation to passive building, from energy production to phyto-depuration of the black waters, to the photo-voltaic circuit.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

Next to it is a well-stocked, well-maintained, community-based organic garden irrigated by the water recovery system. A real 'community garden', where farming activities will follow the dictates of environmental compatibility, food and local culture ".

phyto-depuration

The challenge of designers, promoters and partners is clear: the Senegalese, African-based ecology project is a new proposal for a new type of modernity demanded by the continent, attentive to combining self-management, traditions, landscape and social fabric with opportunities offered from the best international design.

Eco Maison / Studio Tamassociati

Ultimately the project pursues a non-invasive but participatory design, a somewhat bulwark system and a symbol of empowerment. It enables access to water, food and the possibility of living in places where they were born and only emigrating by will not necessity.

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