Ross Langdon Health Education Centre

Ross Langdon Health Education Centre

The Australian Architect Ross Langdon was a 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.

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.

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.

More information about Ross and this building can be found on his website and in this radio documentary.

Location

Mannya, Rakai, Uganda

Client
Service

Architecture

Design Architect
Team

Allan Semakula, Emma Mugisha, Felix Holland, Sandra Mudondo, Solophina Nekesa

Consultants

MBW Consulting (Structural Engineers), Dudley Kasibante and Partners (Quantity Surveyors)

Contractor

CMD Investments

Photos
Area

260m²

Cost per Sqm

$505 (excl. VAT)

Completion

November 2015

Ross Langdon Health Education Centre