At Betezé we do not just distribute free manuals. Besides investigation and research, we also like to put all of the theory into practice, which is why we carry out research and architecture projects. We present some of the most recent projects in which we have been involved.
The House kmX prototype is a project with which we want to demonstrate that it is possible to create an effective, sustainable and beautiful architecture without relying on traditional and polluting building materials. Using only natural materials found in the surrounding area of our site, we have designed this model and we are building it with different participatory workshops. Using stones from the river for the foundations (with lime mortar), raw earth for the CEB and rammed earth walls, wood for the structure of the roof and bamboo for the substructure, we are in the process of creating a revolutionary building, entirely built with raw materials and 0% pollutant.
Public Library in Guinée Conakry
The design for a public library in Koundindé (Guinee Conakry) is a holistic project that will serve as a pilot project for the renovation of the center of this small town on the west coast of the African continent. As a starting point for a constructive model that can be replicated by the local population, it will provide them with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to develop and self-manage their own destiny.
The methodology is clear: instead of investing large sums of money in the construction of a set of buildings that should eventually improve the economy of the population, there will be a small pilot project with blocks of compressed earth, an economic technique, sustainable and easy to implement, which will serve three main reasons:
- convince the population that building with traditional, local and sustainable materials is an option for everyone, from the economic, technical and aesthetic point of view
- transmit a specialized construction knowledge that can be easily transmitted and applied in future architectural interventions
- provide the starting point for the creation, dissemination and transmission of cultural content in order to motivate the local population to take charge of the project and get involved, build it and throw it away once it is built.