Recognition & Credits   2017 Architect Magazine R+D Award 2016 AIA Seattle Award of Merit    Design Team   united➃design  - Yasaman Esmaili, Elizabeth Golden, AIA, Mariam Kamara, Philip Straeter   Structural Engineer  Urbatec SARL   Contractor  Entreprise Salou Alpha & Fils   Metal Fabrication  Atelier de Technologie Metallique   Photographs   © united➃design, credit: Torsten Seidel
       
     
Niamey 2000
       
     
New Model: Traditional Roots
       
     
Local Materials
       
     
Creating Density
       
     
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Thermal Comfort
       
     
ventilation.jpg
       
     
Courtyard living©united4design.jpg
       
     
Exterior corridor©united4design.jpg
       
     
Earth masonry vault©united4design.jpg
       
     
Interior©united4design.jpg
       
     
Courtyard 01©united4design.jpg
       
     
Terrace©united4design.JPG
       
     
  Recognition & Credits   2017 Architect Magazine R+D Award 2016 AIA Seattle Award of Merit    Design Team   united➃design  - Yasaman Esmaili, Elizabeth Golden, AIA, Mariam Kamara, Philip Straeter   Structural Engineer  Urbatec SARL   Contractor  Entreprise Salou Alpha & Fils   Metal Fabrication  Atelier de Technologie Metallique   Photographs   © united➃design, credit: Torsten Seidel
       
     

Recognition & Credits
2017 Architect Magazine R+D Award
2016 AIA Seattle Award of Merit

Design Team
united➃design - Yasaman Esmaili, Elizabeth Golden, AIA, Mariam Kamara, Philip Straeter

Structural Engineer
Urbatec SARL

Contractor
Entreprise Salou Alpha & Fils

Metal Fabrication
Atelier de Technologie Metallique

Photographs
© united➃design, credit: Torsten Seidel

Niamey 2000
       
     
Niamey 2000

Niamey 2000 is a 18,000 square foot (1,700 m2) housing development that is designed in response to the current housing crisis occurring in Niamey, the capital of Niger. By increasing density, the project proposes a new model for urban living.

New Model: Traditional Roots
       
     
New Model: Traditional Roots

The project takes its inspiration from pre-colonial cities of the region, such as Timbuktu in Mali, Kano in Nigeria, or Zinder in Niger, which were all dense urban centers in their day. The cities’ organic configurations of intricately intertwined homes were often two or three stories in height, while still maintaining a sense of privacy and intimacy. 

Local Materials
       
     
Local Materials

The project takes a firm position on material selection by using unfired, earth masonry and passive cooling techniques to protect against Niger’s scorching temperatures. As is the case in many parts of the world, local materials have been increasingly abandoned in urban centers in favor of concrete. Niamey 2000 sets a valuable precedent in this regard by reintroducing locally derived resources to the construction industry and by offering affordable homes to a broader range of the city’s growing population. 

Creating Density
       
     
Creating Density

Niamey 2000 proposes six single-family units on the same area as a conventional, single-family compound lot. An additional story reduces the building footprint, increasing the maximum number of dwellings on a typical plot. This strategy becomes increasingly relevant as the city expands and commuting distances lengthen.

Built Project_Niamey 2000 Urban Housing.jpg
       
     
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Thermal Comfort
       
     
Thermal Comfort

The earth masonry also lends a sense of protection and comfort to the living spaces by slowing the transmission of sub-Saharan heat. As a result, the homes require nothing more than a simple fan to keep things cool, even during Niamey’s hottest days, when temperatures often reach well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 C). Living spaces open out onto self-shading courtyards, which are cooled both by cross and stack ventilation.

ventilation.jpg
       
     
Courtyard living©united4design.jpg
       
     
Exterior corridor©united4design.jpg
       
     
Earth masonry vault©united4design.jpg
       
     
Interior©united4design.jpg
       
     
Courtyard 01©united4design.jpg
       
     
Terrace©united4design.JPG