ZOMA® Brick House
Location: Bafang, Cameroon.
Client: ZOMA® Housing
Cost: $6,000,000 US
Awards: Excellence in Design Award, American Institute of Architects, Baltimore
Affordable housing is sorely needed in the Central African Republic of Cameroon. This project proposes 240 dwellings and community buildings, creating a village near the city of Bafang, Cameroon. The courtyard is a dominant house form in Cameroon. It is significant for its versatility and utilitarian qualities. The project proposes a 21st century courtyard house with African qualities and indigenous materials, poised to create much needed access to quality housing for the urban poor.
This project employs ISSB or Interlocking Soil Stabilized Brick,[Zoma Bricks], soil/cement dry stacked brick manufactured with soil directly taken from the site.
Sustainable strategies include, Rainwater Harvesting-Potable Uses, Rainwater Harvesting-Groundwater Recharge, Natural Ventilation, PV Solar Energy Generation, Solar Hot Water, and Soil-cement dry stacked brick made with soil from the area.