Update from Peru

We have finally started construction for the Tourist Training Center in Peru! It looks like we have to adjust the design to the terrain, but that was already anticipated.

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New assignment on Dushi Korsou!

In the neighborhood Grote Berg (Big Mountain) just west of Willemstad on Curaçao are still empty plots to be built. We have been asked by a Yu Korsou, a man born on the island of Curaçao, to design his first place on the island since he left to the Netherlands.

A long time has passed and this promises to be a journey back to the island for both of us. Overlooking the valley of Hato and with the client being an airplane fanatic, the view will be an important theme.

Beautiful Ngaparou

Along the coast south of Dakar, la petite côte, lies the village of Ngaparou. Not too far from the new airport, but with a permanent sea breeze, developments are picking up.

For the Seck family we have been asked to design a vacation home, that will replace the derilict house that stands on their terrain now. Happy with the first project in Saint Louis, they gave us a chance to start from scratch this time.

Ofcourse the surroundings, the trees, the wind and the sun will give enough guidance to fit a nice house here. To be continued!

New design project: Villa in Mbour

We received our next assignment for the design of a villa in Senegal!

For a Senegalese couple living in The Hague, we are designing their family home back in Mbour. Not far from the sea, you will be able to see the waves from the first floor. The design optimally reaps this asset, with balconies and full glass sliding doors. Glass will be sheltered from the sun like usual, and an internal green courtyard will provide the house with nice views and cool air.

More coming soon!

Quinua, Peru: Tour the Tourist Training Centre

To support the running crowdfunding campaign by NGO Mama Alice, we visualized the design of the Tourist Training Centre. Now you can see how we link the various aspects: using local materials, using local labor, stimulating existing skills, creating cashflow, benefiting from the landscape, including the various stakeholders in the design and creation process.

Come and take a look!

Project page: https://studiorosa.eu/projecten/tourist-training-centre-peru/

Opening Residences Blue Thiès, Senegal

The new Residences Blue was opened with presence by the municipality of Thies by: Talla Sylla and Alioune Sow.

After a period of mid-term rental for expats working at the local Dangote Cement factory, the building was redecorated and made suitable for short-term rental / hotel use. Extra bathrooms and new furniture were fitted into each apartment.

See the result on the local broadcast network Thiès24:

International Exploration research in Rwanda completed

Olive explaining the impact of proper housing

Studio ROSA collaborated with Urban Sustainability Rwanda in this exploration. They had as goal to get attention to the importance of urban planning and policy. Specifically about the interaction between participation processes and top down aproach, involving stakeholders, using local sources and expertise and improving the relation between politics, technology and design.

The exploration consisted of a series of workshop in the Netherlands and Rwanda, with an area in Kigali as cast study.

The project will continue, and here you can read the evaluation of the proceedings so far: http://stimuleringsfonds.nl/toekenningen/internationale_verkenningen_2015_towards_participatory_urban_design_and_strategic_planning_in_rwanda/