LOCATION: ACCRA, GHANA
Ghana is experiencing a huge housing deficit and most houses on the market are to expensive for the majority of people.
Pata4Two (‘Pata’ means ‘little hut’ in Twi, one of Ghana’s main languages) is a concept for a new affordable housing type that acknowledges both, the past and its traditions and embraces the future needs of a growing, sophisticated middle class. The design follows the three main principles learnt from traditional buildings: small, simple and local, which we think are key to build more cost effectively and rapidly.
Rammed earth foundation, walls and floors reduce the amount of cement almost completely, while it is improving the indoor climate! The standard bio-digester for the toilet waste and the potable water tank can be upgraded with a solar water heater, a photo voltaic power system with battery backup and a rainwater harvesting tank for landscape irrigation.