MCA-NAMIBIA, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – infrastructure

MCA-NAMIBIA, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK – infrastructure

Client MCA-NAMIBIA Etosha National Park – Infrastructure – Housing for Staff and Tourism Infrastructure
The project was completed in September 2014 as part of the MCC’s MCA-Namibia Compact ending in 2014.  It comprises the design and implementation of two new villages for the permanent staff currently living in the Park  as well as a new Entrance Gate and Tourism facilities at Galton Gate in the West and a new Camping and picnic concept for the undeveloped Wilderness areas of the Western Etosha Park. We were appointed on an International Tender in the team compiled by PDNA Mott McDonald as specialists for all the Architectural requirements as well as Masterplanners for the Park Infrastucture (Sub Consultants for PDNA International, Client- MCA-Namibia). completed in Sept 2014
Architectural Context:
Climatic Influences
• Extreme heat in summer
• Long dry winters with very short rainy season from February to April
• Lack of prevailing winds – must maximise all drafts possilble

Social Influences
• Retain character of villages and thus less rigid formalised layouts
• Allow for social integration and interaction
• Provide pedestrian paths and cycle ways for children to link with playpark areas

Regional Influences
• The intention is to create “Village” layouts for the staff accommodation that reflects the regional context as far as possible.
• Low buildings to minimize visual impact
• Provide quality living spaces with best practice use of technology to ensure higher living standards
• carefull orientation for best thermal comfort and allow for cross ventilation and air movement through buildings

Materials available in the region:
• calcrete, cement, sand, cement bricks, clay tiles, gravel for roads
• Materials NOT available due to cost or long lead order cycles
• Steel structures, clay bricks, sandwich panels, imported electronic control systems, pvc etc.
• Alternative materials and methods:
• Dry Toilet systems (no water used!)?
• Light weight Concrete and pre cast walls?
• Composite steel and insulation walls, dry modular stack cement systems, oversize bricks and blocks.
Architectural Language:
• Local architectural typology will be investigated
• Indigenous architectural elements will need to be identified
• Traditional construction methods to be investigated and suitable ones for use to be identified
• Colour ranges and textures to be differing from site to site.