AIDS Orphanage

Architects without Borders, London

The brief asked to enrich the provision of facilities for AIDS orphans on a 10-hectare site in Olifantsfontein, close to Johannesburg. The project should advance the use of everyday and recycled materials

The program includes:
– 50 clustered cottages each hosting 6 children under the age of 10. Each cottage houses 6 children under the responsibility of a house-mother
– A reception and main center with development rooms, breakout rooms, lounge and kitchen, computer center, laundry, and office spaces

Special attention is given to the relationships between children of different ages, and to how the project relates to the broader community of Olifantsfontein.