Waiting Room, Hargeisa Town Hall
Rashid Ali Architects, Somaliland
The small veranda sits in front of a building functioning as the city administration’s land registry office; it was designed to double up as a waiting area and social space for visitors and staff. The project introduces unfamiliar materials and construction techniques to the area as it is the first structure made entirely out of timber in Hargeisa. It was built quickly using prefabricated components and is formed out of a series of timber frames, exposed structurally, which can be disassembled for re-use in the future. Timber mullions facing a courtyard are lined with opaline polycarbonate to diffuse direct sunlight, while the short sides of the scheme are left open. The whole structure is elevated off the ground with concrete blocks to prevent storm water damage.
Automated Architecture (AUAR), Bristol
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