• Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | Getting ecologically affordable housing has long been an impossibility for most middle and low-income earners in Uganda.

An Australian architect and industrial designer, Marc Thorpe, has teamed up with two entities; ÉCHALE International and Stage Six to provide high-quality affordable housing units for middle and low-income earners.

Records from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) indicate that the country has a deficit of 2.1 million units, with projections that it will hit a deficit of 3 million units by 2030.

The collaboration of the two entities with Marc will offer a workable solution to Uganda’s persistent housing problem under the project name ‘Kampala House.’

The entities are working on ecologically affordable housing units and the first set of units was recently showcased as a testament to their ability and commitment.

The Kampala House Project

The project will involve works of the exquisite ÉCHALE International’s EcoBlock; a combination of large cement and compressed soil.

The EcoBlock designer explained that it has 90% local content soil and a 10% mixture of cement, lime, sand, and water.

The combination makes the material ecologically sustainable and has a thermal and acoustic insulator that emits 30% less carbon dioxide.

A view of the exterior
A view of the exterior. Image source: Marc Thorpe Design

Marc expressed optimism that in future he will put on the market all the units.

He said: “We will initially produce 10 houses of the same size just outside of Kampala, but hope to expand the project in the region once this first stage is complete.”

The specifications and features make the products worthwhile and interesting. The houses will have an expansive terrace that artistically defines the front of the house.

Ecologically Affordable Housing
The living room. Image source: Marc Thorpe Design

It contains a living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining area, and an exterior kitchen with a stove for outdoor cooking.

The structures will be accessorised with large corrugated steel and wood roofs to anchor solar panels. There is also a water tower to enable all homes to have abundant water.

Evening shade.
Evening shade. Image source: Marc Thorpe Design

The ultimate objective is to establish ecological friendly homes that are adaptive. This also enables homeownership and community stewardship for middle and low-income earners.

More About Marc’s Partners

The globally reputable furniture giant IKEA has profiled ÉCHALE International on its social entrepreneurship web portal.

ÉCHALE has prominently gained a foothold in Mexico, where it has impacted several lives by providing low-cost but high-quality housing.


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