A Library for Tororo.
vertical studio i
professor michael garrison
the university of texas at austin
It takes a village to make a building.
This project is intended as a community builder for the town of Tororo, Uganda, and pro-bono community of Smile Africa,which nurses and educates orphans. Creating a town of people with valuable skills and knowledge is the ultimate goal.
The library is sited on a “hinge” space between the public program of workshops, markets, and a women’s center, and the more private program of housing and educating children. Therefore, the library becomes a space for interaction and education of the children and Tororo citizens. A social condenser. In addition to the library space, a gallery is provided for the work of craftsmen to be displayed and sold as well as the drawings of children – a place to be proud of their work.
The roof and window screens on the building are inspired by traditional patterns in Ugandan textiles proportionally. Functionally, the roof is also a means for the collection of rainwater for drinking and use in a composting system to grow fruit and vegetables for the community.
Revit, AutoCAD, 3DS Max, Rhino+Grasshopper, Photoshop, Illustrator