A water catchment house design in Africa won Special Recognition in the Architectural Design category at the Design Educates Awards 2023. The design by Hong-En, Lin addresses the challenges of water scarcity and pollution in Africa by using local materials and traditional weaving techniques to create a clean and sustainable water source.

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A long warehouse with an artwork of nets above it

The roof of the water catchment house plays a pivotal role in water collection. A wooden structure combined with a weaving device is used to collect dew, harnessing moisture from the air during the early morning and collecting rainwater. These water sources pass through a filtration system to ensure purity and can be stored for various uses, including drinking, cooking food and maintaining better hygiene practices.

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A warehouse within a thatched roof

The design integrates local weaving culture with housing and dew collection techniques to create sustainable and cost-effective solutions. By leveraging locally available materials such as bricks and wood, the designer created a practical and environmentally conscious approach to construction. The weaving technique not only adds aesthetic value, but also fosters a sense of community and emotional well-being among family members involved in the construction process.

A hallway with a thatched roof and either side with buildings

Access to clean and safe water is a fundamental necessity, yet many people in Africa face arduous journeys of one to three hours to reach water sources that are often muddy and contaminated. Waterborne illnesses caused by consuming polluted water over time pose a significant threat to the health and well-being of individuals in these regions. Recognizing these pressing issues, Hong-En Lin embarked on a mission to provide assistance and improve access to cleaner water resources.

A seating area beside a netted wall

The award-winning design is a shining example of how green design can address the challenges of water scarcity and pollution in Africa. It is a model that can be replicated in other parts of the continent, providing a clean and sustainable water source for people who need it most.

Hong-En Lin’s water catchment house design showcases the potential of architecture to address pressing global issues. By combining sustainable materials, cultural traditions and innovative design thinking, this project exemplifies how architecture can contribute to providing clean water solutions while fostering community empowerment and resilience.

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