Affordable Home

A roof over your head is probably the most important necessity of life; poverty should not be the reason that you get deprived of it. This sentiment is well understood by Jennifer Margell, which is why she has designed affordable homes for slums of Nairobi that are made from recycled materials. Called Makao (Swahili for home), each house can be customized and configured according to individual needs. The roofs of the homes collect and filter gray water; the roof panels also open to release heat. The hollow plastic walls are filled with mud on site for insulation and parts of it are made from recycled frosted panels.

An optional bathroom (with a self-composting toilet) and kitchen module can be added to the home. It’s been designed in such a way that the bathroom is on the inside space and an open kitchen wraps around the outer wall. The water storage tank is placed behind the bathroom, and keeps the utilities in one central area.

Over all a very well thought out plan that do a lot of good for the under-privileged community.

Designer: Jennifer Margell

12 Comments

  • Andy C says:

    A fantastic design and a worthy idea to bring housing to a much deprived area of our modern world. Perhaps solar panels with 12v battery packs could be added to the roofing to provide light in the evening – such a kit would be relatively inexpensive to mass produce and are already available on the market for garden structures with no access to grid power.

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  • Bojan Held says:

    Great concept i wish more designs like this come to life.

  • cra says:

    gud work man. you make it all ok

  • DaLk says:

    sounds great. but what about the main part, ie the price ?

  • Dear Sir,

    Am trying to get in touch with Jennifer, please advise me.

    Regards

  • Koome says:

    While the Idea is noble..i fear it is only on paper…why can't you sell this to the government of Kenya? I am sure it will help the most needy. Cheers Jennifer

  • Koome says:

    While the Idea is noble..i fear it is only on paper…why can't you sell this to the government of Kenya? I am sure it will help the most needy. Cheers Jennifer

  • Rudy says:

    It's funny, I am working on a project in haiti with aspirations like this one, and we seem to be at a similar crossroads. at a high level, these concepts of solar power and flat-packing are wonderful things to achieve. however, the dirty details of connections, joints, and (of course) cost seem to stall most designs from being innovative and/or practical. this might not be the best forum for this, but anyone know of any projects like this that are at least in prototyping?

  • r. gituto says:

    Has this been done anywhere in Nairobi? I would like to see the sample. I am also interested in getting in touch with Jennifer. Could you give an indication of costs?

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