MASK Architects has designed the world’s first Eco-Tourism based BAOBAB Luxury Safari Resort in Africa which produces its own water autonomously by using Air to Water technology that is powered by transparent solar device covered curtain glass.
The objective of this MASK Architects project is to design and construct eco-friendly and sustainable strategies to address issues stemming from the local geology, weather conditions, and environment. The designers aspiration is to make water, a fundamental necessity, readily available instead of a luxurious commodity, and to curb the negative impacts of starvation, dehydration, and the illnesses and fatalities they cause.
“The water needed in Africa has turned into a luxury. Water should not be a luxury and should be accessible to everyone. With this project, we wanted to contribute to communities who need water in Africa. This versatile project has been designed to meet the needs of all segments.” , says the designer.
Producing water autonomously
From small villages to bustling metropolises, MASK Architects aim to construct environmentally-conscious settlements that address the pressing challenges faced by many areas in Africa, including poverty, housing, employment, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, healthcare, and innovation. By creating sustainable communities, MASK Architects hope to alleviate these issues and pave the way for a brighter future for local residents.
The objective of this project is to establish an environmentally-conscious community utilizing cutting-edge technologies to source renewable energy. Additionally, advanced Air-to-Water technology has been integrated into each multi-modular living lodge structure. These structures are equipped with the ability to produce water from humidity through optimized dehumidification methods, resulting in the production of pure, safe drinking water. The self-sustaining multi-modular lodges feature curtain glass covered by transparent solar panels, capable of producing electricity independently.
Designed to be a self-sufficient community
The BAOBAB Safari Lodges are designed to be a self-sufficient community, complete with land for growing fruits, vegetables, and raising animals, as well as facilities for producing and selling food items such as cheese, bread, meat, and milk. The goal is to create a community that can provide for and nourish the surrounding areas that are suffering from starvation and poverty. The local population will also be given employment opportunities in agriculture and manufacturing, fostering a collaborative community that includes both residents and travelers from around the world.
These eco-friendly lodges can be constructed in remote locations and serve as the foundation for building self-sufficient communities. They are designed to be expandable and adaptable to various situations and terrains, and are intended to be affordable, scalable, and sustainable. By using resources responsibly, we aim to minimize the impact of overconsumption and waste, while also preserving biodiversity within the settlements, integrating nature and wildlife with the landscape.
The design of the building comprises of a central hub that houses the stairwell for accessing various levels of the lodge, as well as the pump for circulating water to and from the pool. The exterior structure is constructed using locally sourced wooden materials, with 40 structural pillars supporting the floors and accommodating the transparency glass or lightweight materials between them. The lodge features internal foldable blinds, providing privacy when necessary and offering shade to cool the interior in hot weather conditions. The lodge has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate living spaces.
The conception of these high-end, environmentally-friendly safari lodges is to attract more individuals to become interested in wildlife and to provide the opportunity to experience living in secluded, wild areas. MASK Architects designs the lodges to be luxurious, but also educational, increasing people’s understanding and appreciation of nature and wildlife. The balconies that encircle the lodges, where guests can interact and feed the wildlife, can be fitted with reinforced glass flooring, offering an unique perspective of the animals below. While the animals below take advantage of the shade, the guests can view the wildlife from above.
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