The Magoda Project has been shortlisted for the WAN Small Spaces Award 2016 by Jakob Knudsen

The judges are saying about the project:

...Marta expressed why she felt this was a deserving project to be shortlisted: “It is a very interesting construction able to improve people´s living conditions in a simple, economic and efficient way.” Adam also highly impressed by this design said:” It’s got a conscience and a moral driver to it, which is absolutely to be applauded.” ....Jon also admired this project saying: “It achieves something quite worthy in a very unique way. There’s nothing kind of naïve, it’s purely practical and it’s not trying to be something that it doesn’t need to be.”

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The Magoda Project listed as highly commended at World Architecture Festival! by Jakob Knudsen

The Magoda Project was listed as highly commended for Small Project of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. See all winners here.

The Magoda Project featured on Archdaily by Jakob Knudsen

"Architecture firm Ingvartsen Architects has turned their gaze towards “cultural exchange architecture”—not with the aim of exploring identity or experimenting with aesthetics, but with a practical purpose in mind: to minimize the spread of diseases. The Magoda Project combines Asian elements with traditional rural African building methods in the village of Magoda, in the Tanga region of Tanzania, taking shape in the form of eight prototype homes. The design goes to show that cultural exchanges in design and architecture can make great contributions towards problem solving for a humanitarian purposes, not only to improve health and hygiene, but also comfort and happiness...."

Article by Ariana Zilliacus, read more here

Bygninger blev præmieret by Jakob Knudsen

"...Statoils nye administrationsbygning blev også præmieret for blandt andet udnyttelsen af teknikhuse på taget af bygningens 100 meter lange facade, der både giver en vis højde og en god helhed, lød vurderingen..."

Kommunen uddeler sin bygningspræmieringspris i hvert lige kalenderår af bygninger mv., der er opført inden for de senest forløbne to kalenderår.

Prisen bliver uddelt på Arkitekturens Dag, 1. oktober, og kan kun gå til byggerier mv. i Kalundborg Kommune.

Prisen bliver givet for:
Gode og smukke bygninger i Kalundborg Kommune
Arkitektonisk smukt udførte og veltilpassede om- eller tilbygninger af eksisterende bygninger i Kalundborg Kommune
Andre velvedligeholdte bygninger, om- eller tilbygninger eller anlæg i Kalundborg Kommune, som bidrager til kommunens forskønnelse

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The Financial Times features The Magoda Project by Jakob Knudsen

"...the homes of some of the world’s rural poor are also in the spotlight, thanks to WAF. In the Tanzanian village of Magoda, eight new houses have been designed by Ingvartsen Architects “to test the relationship between health and architecture”, says Jakob Knudsen, the Danish firm’s founder. 

The houses are designed to make sleeping more comfortable in a hot climate where malarial mosquitoes thrive. They were donated to families in a village lottery six months ago. “Typical mud or brick homes have small windows, are very hot, and so it’s uncomfortable to sleep under a mosquito net,” says Knudsen. “The new houses adopt architectural forms and materials from Asian countries. Bedrooms are raised off the ground, and the walls are made of wood, netting or bamboo, so the houses are more airy.” 

Craftsmen from Thailand taught the villagers how to use bamboo, which grows locally, as a building material. Not only are the houses relatively cool; thanks to external covered kitchens with chimneys, they are less smoky than typical village homes. “This should result in fewer respiratory and eye problems,” says Knudsen, whose team includes the malaria expert Dr Lorenz von Seidlein, as well as Tanzanian architects, consultants, builders and village chiefs. 

The houses harvest and store rainwater from the roof, saving a walk of 5km to collect water from a river. Costing between $5,700 and $7,300 each, depending on design, they are comparable in price to a typical brick and tin roof home, says Knudsen. “The ideal situation now would be that other villagers copy the designs — or elements of them,” he adds. “The young people think they’re cool.” Knudsen hopes that the project might lead to an improvement in residential architecture and public health across Africa. “It has been estimated that over 140m rural houses will be built in Africa by 2050,” he says. “This provides unprecedented opportunities to help guide building design, to modernise and create healthy homes." - Paul Miles, The Financial Times.

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Søren Nilsson's work on a renovation project in Kartoffelrækkerne by Jakob Knudsen

An article published on Dwell features Søren's involvment in a modern home renovation project in the Pototoe Rows Neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Photos from Dwell by Jason Larkin

Venice Architecture Biennale Opening! by Jakob Knudsen

Ingvartsen Architects go on a study trip to Venice. Konstantin is pictured here with models from The Haiyan Project (top) and The Magoda Project (bottom) contributed to the Danish Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale. 

Coverage of the Danish pavilion can be found at Inexhibit