From the Project Architect
The new headquarters of “Maisha Film Lab” want to synthesize life in cinema and architecture. Starting with the name Maisha, which means ‘life’ in Kiswahili, we thought about the project as a film sequence inspired by the evolution of life.
The walking path, which develops in the garden, begins in childhood and develops through different stations in the evolution of the human being until the final transition, from which one can start again. Each station, besides representing different stages of life, includes several functional activities of the school and points out sights of cultural relevance.
The living path will host art installations related to the stations of life. The artwork will be made by Ugandan and African artists, using local and natural materials, changed annually. The garden is a place open to the public, to promote young artists, and will serve as an inspirational space for high school students, music concerts, and a community cinema.
Building local: in the area of Kampala there is an excellent production of bricks due to the presence of large amounts of clay and to the ease of finding combustible. The bricks are hand made using kilnsmade on site. Using this construction material we want to promote local production and minimize the use of cement.
Maisha is a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers. Maisha was founded in 2004 by acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Amelia). Maisha Film Garden is cultural, environmental and architectural project to see and narrate a new Africa.