Ross Langdon Health Education Centre / Studio FH Architects

  • Architect:Studio FH Architects
  • Location:Mannya, Rakai, Uganda
  • Date:2015
  • Area:Gross Floor Area 260m²
  • Client:Cotton On Foundation
  • Contractor:CMD Investments
  • Others:MBW Consulting (Structural Engineers), Dudley Kasibante and Partners (Quantity Surveyors).

Ross Langdon Health Education Centre

Ross Langdon Health Education Centre / Description of Studio FH Architects.

The Australian Architect Ross Langdon was a good friend and collaborator of Studio FH. In 2013, he tragically died during the Westgate attacks in Kenya. He left behind a number of inspiring architectural designs some of which we have since been trying to realise in his spirit and memory. One of them is a health education centre in Mannya/Rakai, funded by the Cotton On Foundation. The building carries Ross’s name.

© Will Boase Photography

It is a small community centre for 150 people, with raked seating and a small speaker’s platform. There is also a private meeting room and a store. The main assembly hall has no windows with all daylight provided by a roof light, intricately perforated brick screens and the so-called ‘Litres of Light’, plastic bottles penetrating the roof and filled with water and bleach, thereby acting as ‘light bulbs’ during the day.

© Will Boase Photography

The main structural material are Eucalyptus poles which are interconnected by exposed claybrick walls. The roof is clad with reflective zinc-al roofsheets and the open ceiling is made of purpose-made ‘mukeka’ reed mats.


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