• Sinthian Thread Arts Cultural Centre / Toshiko Mori Architect TMA

Architects: Tashiko Mori  
Location: Sinthian,  Senegal
Interior Décor: Toshiko Mori Architects TMA
Project Year: 2015
Photographer: Iwan Baan
Website: www.tmarch.com

“It is one thing to build a building,” says Mori, “but the most important thing is how you run it, how you program it, and how it becomes a truly sustainable program useful to the community.”

Toshiko Mori, Architect

The design of the Sinthian Cultural Centre is described as a parametric transformation of the traditional pitched roof, which is literary inverted to collect rainwater. The construction of this structure is found in a remote Senegalese village of Sinthian, close to the Mali border.

Sinthian Thread Arts Cultural Centre / Toshiko Mori Architect TMA

 

This construction, begun by the New York Studio of Toshiko Mori, is designed in collaboration with two non-profit organisations – Sinthian Medical Center and American Friends of Le Korsa (AFLK)

Sinthian Thread Arts Cultural Centre / Toshiko Mori Architect TMA

The design complements the existing health and education facilities serving a community of twelve tribes. The new multi-purpose complex is intended to be a centre where gatherings and cultural exchange takes place. It will include performance spaces and accommodations for visiting artists.

Sinthian Thread Arts Cultural Centre / Toshiko Mori Architect TMA 

One of the designs striking features is its visually organic roof shape, in line with traditional pitched roof as described earlier, used to collect rainwater. The cultural centre, distributed around two courtyards, will be constructed using locally available building materials and methods.

Sinthian Thread Arts Cultural Centre / Toshiko Mori Architect TMA

 

This process will consider the use of local elements made of bamboo and blocks of rammed earth. Additionally, to ensure provision of a suitable thermal comfort within the complex, the design employs the use of openwork walls.

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