Msitu Wa Tembo
Interior Architecture - Product Design - Hygiene
July - August 2015
Ella Van Den Bossche & Nele De Mets
What can´t be seen
This old grandmother lives in a small structure wherein her and her granddaughter sleep and cook. Since the old grandmother has several health problems the hygienic situation in their small mud hut is problematic. For this project C-re-aid decided to recruit a student interior architect and a student product design.
The students decided to conduct a series of smaller projects.
First project was the design of a sanitary cell, with a toilet seat a shower.
The second project was the design of a small outdoors kitchen, to create the opportunity for the grand-daughter to start a small business in the future. The third project consisted in two wood shelf-standing beds and shelves made out of wood beams. Before installing this piece of furniture the students dug out the mud floor, leveled the floor and placed a plastic carpet. Plastic maize bags are hung against the inside of the grass roof to make the mud hut lighter and cleaner.