Our work is based on an in-depth study of local culture and the environment. The rediscovery of ancient traditional techniques and the use of local natural materials merged with cutting-edge technology. Throughout the construction process, the community is actively participating and learning.
An integrated village designed to host 100 people, local ethnic groups of Cameroon in need to live with dignity. It will become a cultural center as well, of social aggregation with quality spaces. An example of how to collaborate with rural communities, how to construct using indigenous techniques and local natural materials that respect the cultural identity of the place. An example of how live in harmony with nature.
Warka Tower is designed to harvest water from the atmosphere (rain, fog, dew) providing an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges accessing drinkable water. It is a passive structure, it functions only by natural phenomena such as gravity, condensation & evaporation. Easy to maintain it is operated autonomously by the villagers. The design depends on the local meteorological conditions, the geomorphological characteristic of the site, and the local culture.
Warka House is a sustainable residential unit built with local natural materials. It is inspired by traditional African houses, improving the drawbacks and keeping the cultural features. It offers higher standards of hygiene and comfort thanks to an insulated floor, a rain waterproof roof, and natural ventilation, an healthy, fresh, and comfortable indoor environment. Designed to contribute to well-being through a connection to the dynamics of nature.
Warka Sanitation provides safe water for washing (sanitation and personal hygiene) and adequate latrines. With a dry system, human waste is turned into useful compost. With separated facilities (men/women), each toilet has 2 outlets: for urine and excrement (liquid / solid waste). Instead of flushing, the soil is added so that the excrement dries out quicker. Once the solid waste is dry, the resulting manure can be spread on the ground. The Urine, diluted, it is used as a natural fertilizer.
The Warka Kitchen is a common space for the community for food preparation in a safe and controlled environment. It is also a social space for the villagers to eat together. The preparation of food takes place in a hygienic and well-organized setting for the preparation of traditional food. Observing good rules of hygiene in the design, building, and organization of the workplace helps to deal effectively with potential hazards and to ensure food safety.
The Warka Garden provides food for the community. The vegetables can be sold to the local market so it can also be a source of revenue for the community. It represents an investment to implement economical possibilities. The WG is modular and varies in size. An efficient water irrigation system will be adopted to optimize the usage of the water. A nursery for growing the seeds will be integrated and a seeds bank collecting local indigenous species will be implemented.
Provides electrical energy from sunlight. This can bring a big change in community lifestyle, giving the chance to practice activities after the sunset as well as to recharge devices such as mobile phones. W-Solar is designed as a modular system depending on the necessity, the project scale, and the available budget. It is conceived in a way that the system can be implemented within the time starting with a basic module.
We aim to replant new trees supporting them with recycled water from the Warka Tower and compost from the Warka Sanitation. The goal is also to provide edible tree fruits and sustainable sources of wood to fuel the kitchens as well as a construction material. Overall goal is to protect and conserve existing indigenous trees by decreasing the demand for wood from the natural forests, restores land by planting nitrogen-fixing trees.
Culture a Porter is a long term project collaboration between Warka Water and the community that aims to empower the local economy, promoting their culture by creating unedited handicrafts made in the Warka Village for an international market. "We bring forgotten and unknown cultural identity to the world”, said Arturo Vittori.