Rwanda Cricket Stadium

Structural Designer

Light Earth Designs

Client Name

Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation

Location

Kigali, Rwanda

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Roko Construction Ltd

ARCHITECT
Light Earth Designs LLP

VAULT SPECIALIST
James Bellamy

CIVILS AND M&E
FBW Ltd, Rwanda and Uganda

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The stadium adapts ancient Mediterranean techniques of thin-tile vaulting using compressed soil-cement tiles and geogrid reinforcement for seismic stabilization. It is composed of three vaults, the largest spanning 16m with a rise of over 9m. The vaults follow the natural resolution of forces toward the ground, closely mimicking the parabolic geometry of a bouncing ball and evoking the hilly topography of Rwanda. Employing air-dried, hand-pressed soil tiles, produced using local labour, this method of construction has proved to be innovative and cost effective.

Judge's comment:

A beautiful execution of a traditional construction form and methodology. Built by local craftspeople with materials from the region, this low cost and low embodied energy building in a remote location is a good example of how the use of historic building methods can result in a modern solution.

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