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 beautiful radio documentary.


Mannya, Rakai, Uganda

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Design Architect
Architectural team

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

Other Consultants

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


CMD Investments

Gross floor area


Cost per Sqm

$505 (excl. VAT)

Project status


Completion date

November 2015

Ross Langdon Health Education Centre