Kaira Looro was an international design workshop, designed as a meeting between national and international professionals and young graduates or students in a week work full time in order to develop the proposed project. The themes of the project are focused on the traditional economies of the Casamance region and specifically the Valley of Tanaf.
The project assigned to our working group concerned the construction of a small port and production areas for pirogues (typical wooden boats). The site is located along Casamance River, not far from the village of Boroya.
The proposal is a self-constructed space that offers a catalogue of opportunities: a light shading system covering the space, and supported by a wooden structure, that can easily be extended or reassembled by local boat builders according to their needs. “Service boxes” made of rammed earth (condensed clay) or/and woven panels can freely be added and host additional functions like closed storage spaces.
The current configuration contains a building lab for the construction of pirogues (dugout canoe), a fish market and a gathering space for the fishermen and the local community.
Due to its systematic design the project is easily reproducible and adaptable to different site conditions, and the featured project is just one possible configuration out of many.
DESIGN TEAM: Giuseppe Avenia, Paola Costantino, Elena Federica Del Prete, Emanuel Falappa, Michela Gessani, Carmelo Alessio Iemolo, Leila Meroue, Anna Perino, Francesco Scuderi, Giada Nikita Toscano
TUTORS: LFSN Livio Ficarra, Silvia Nardi | ARCHINAUTEN Dworschak + Mülbachler Architekten Valerie Kerz