The Tarrafal Football for Hope Centre uses local architectural vernacular to create welcoming and flexible community center for Cape Verde.
On June 22nd the community of Tarrafal, Cape Verde, gathered to dedicate the Tarrafal Football for Hope Center. In attendance were representitives from FIFA and Street Football World, the project partner Delta Cultura Cabo Verde, and the fantastic design fellows, Ana Reis and Ana Ramos. Read more about the celebrations on the AFH website.
Delta Cultura Cabo Verde (DCCV)
Football based programs since 2002, Network member since 2004
To use football and the arts as tools to create a safe space for socio-economically disadvantaged young people from Tarrafal, empowering them to develop skills and talents that will create new perspectives for their future lives.
About the Centre Host:
Initiated by Marisa, Florian Wegenstein and Walter Löffler in June 2002, the association Delta Cultura has its foundation and roots in Austria under the name Delta Culture – Association for intercultural communication. After the emigration of Marisa and Florian from Vienna to Tarrafal, Delta Cultura started its activities in December 2002. First action was the creation of a Football School for street kids rising afterwards into a Education Center with approximately 150kids.
In the beginning of 2004 Marisa founded the Batukogroup Batukaderas Delta Cultura which exists successfully till today. This traditional ‘drumming-dancing-chant’ with its roots on the island of Santiago is performed mainly by woman and has had a boom since the funding of Batukaderas Delta Cultura.
In 2005 the DCCV centre opens its doors. The land was offer by the community of Tarrafal and the financial support for onstruction and start-up-financing from German Arbeitersamariterbund (ASB) and the German Ministry for Economical Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ana Reis and Ana Ramos
The new Tarrafal Football for Hope Centre is designed to address the existing buildings as well as the existing football pitch.
The new Centre should work as a catalyst for the Education, Arts and Culture, Health and Education, and is seen as a destination point that communicates and engages not only with the kids that use the Centre but with the community and the people of Tarrafal.
The FFH Building is placed adjacent to the primary access, and its design SIMPLE. The shape results from the footprint of the existing main building to which a serviced area with an angled wall that orientates people into the DCCV area, is added. The FFH Pitch, is placed on the south side of the site, visually connected with the FFH building.
The containers, are placed, one vertically at the entrance of the site with the FFH signage, the other horizontally adjacent to the pitch and is used as a viewing platform towards the pitch, as well as storage.
The new Tarrafal Football for Hope Centre aims to BLEND IN within the already existing infrastructure and with the same look and feel.
The program responds to DCCV’s most immediate needs, identified on the Design Brief: a Library and Research Area, a new Multipurpose Space for educational events and an outside SHADED area, protected from the prevailing winds.
The design responds to these needs, by providing spaces easily adapted to different changing circumstances, such as the Multipurpose Room where at least 4 different room layouts are possible to quickly obtain giving room for different activities.
The building materials selected are long lasting, robust and local (when possible). Thick walls made of local stone cools the building during the day, while the sliding/folding windows together with exterior timber shutters gives a good ventilation, while keeping it SAFE. The option for a solid concrete framed construction with a concrete slab, will keep it SILENT.
The bookshelves on the library run along the walls in their full height, and the folding partitions on the multipurpose area give room for different activities. Kids from DCCV have now a space to do homework, use a computer with internet and read books written in different languages. The new building aims as well to attain the important role of a gathering space that can be used for play, games and crafts.
Traditional buildings in Cape Verde are built with thick local stone walls. This allows for the building not to warm up too much when the sun is up and to keep fresh during the night. The new FFH building will also use thick walls but in order to reduce costs a double system one, with local stone on the outside and concrete brick on the inside. These will require some kind of finishing such as plaster, but if costs have to be reduced the project will be developed in order to allow for it to be just painted – the use of a concrete block as a measurement unit will guarantee that no left-overs will exist on site, and that concrete building structure will be perfectly embedded within the blocks and a key decorative element on the interior spaces.
The building form is simple, and will contain all primary functions, while generous pergolas will provide shading areas between the building and the pitch as well between existing buildings, which define new communal areas that kids from the centre will use to play or study, protected from prevailing sun and wind.
Due to a short wet season, the waters from the roof will not be captured for a day-to-day use within the building. A water reticulation system was considered but ended up being too expensive for the amount of days that actually rain. It will though be captured in order to be used for irrigation or washing clothes.
The steel shipping containers used to transport the football pitch and its accessories, have been re-used and designed into the scheme as storage and lighting tower.
Fenestration have been designed and placed in order to allow cross-ventilation throughout the building, which prevents costs with air conditioning. Overhangs achieved by fixing exterior shutters horizontally on the East Elevation will help the cooling of interior spaces.
The pitch is lit with solar powered LED lights and landscaping elements will focus on gabion seating using local stones for viewing games, with ground surfaces using re-used cobblestone from roads recently paved with asphalt.
About the Football for Hope Campaign:
“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education, and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.
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