Football for Hope Project in Zimbabwe

Football for Hope Project in Zimbabwe

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jul 11, 2012
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Design Fellow Kuda Mutsonziwa relocated to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe last month to work closely with the local consultants and Centre host on the Bulawayo FFH Center.

Part of the Football for Hope campaign, the Centre will support the expansion and strengthening of Centre host Grassroots Soccer’s (GRS) relationships with community stakeholders and health services partners by providing space for HIV testing and delivery of HIV health services. Grassroots Soccer’s partners will have access to testing and counseling space to provide HIV and child abuse support programs, among other activities.

The new Bulawayo Football for Hope Centre design has been driven by two major factors: to address GRS expansion plans to accommodate their curriculum and centralize their activities; and to maximise views of the planned fooball pitch as well as future activities on the site. An L-shaped building was devised to accommodate. The building frames a small arrival courtyard that will welcome visitors, and creates a shaded social outdoor area beyond. All rooms are accessible directly off the courtyard via an external circulation area and benching has been proposed in this area to activate the space.

Panorama of the site

View of the site

master plan proposal for the site

Plan of the FFH center

Rendering of the project

Kuda Mutsonziwa is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Over the past 8 years Kuda has worked in design and construction for private firms and NGOs in the UK, Rwanda and Zimbabwe where she specialised in designing healthcare and education facilities, residential buildings and sustainable design. She holds degrees from Greenwich University, London and has recently publish works on Urban Agriculture practices in Zimbabwe.