Serengeti Visitor's Interpretive Center
Alexis Cronin l Beatrice Loishiye l Sune Mushendwa l Devina Nagewadia
The Serengeti Visitor's Interpretive Center stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, sustainability, and immersive storytelling. We invite you to embark on a journey through time and nature, where architecture and experience come together to create an unforgettable encounter with the wonders of the Serengeti.
Welcome to the Serengeti Visitors Interpretive Center, where architecture and experience converge to create a truly remarkable destination. This project goes beyond simply designing a building; it is a collaborative effort among experts in various fields, united by the common goal of creating an immersive and sustainable experience for visitors.
Our design team consists of architects, narrators/copywriters, interpretive designers, landscape designers, graphic designers, interior designers, structural engineers, and quantity surveyors. With each member bringing their unique expertise to the table, we ensure that the Serengeti Visitors Interpretive Center embodies the best of every discipline involved.
At the core of our design philosophy is the concept of an interpretive plan. This plan serves as the framework through which we communicate the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Serengeti to visitors. By engaging with objects, artifacts, landscapes, sites, exhibits, and knowledgeable individuals, visitors will embark on a journey of discovery and understanding.
Inspired by the iconic acacia tree, a symbol of the Serengeti, our architecture pays homage to its organic and elegant form. The buildings are designed as shades, utilizing lightweight and cost-efficient ferro cement construction techniques. Not only does this approach minimize the environmental impact, but it also ensures a harmonious blend with the natural surroundings.
Sustainability is at the forefront of our design ethos. We strive to minimize the ecological footprint of the interpretive center through the use of organic materials, including repurposing materials from existing buildings. Additionally, recycled materials are incorporated, reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. Our carbon-conscious approach aims to mitigate the environmental impact while providing a lasting and low-maintenance structure built to withstand the test of time.
Working in close collaboration with Dunia Designs, the interpretive design and narrative are intricately woven into the fabric of the center. By crafting a compelling story that showcases the unique wonders of the Serengeti, we create an immersive and engaging experience that resonates with visitors on a deep level.
The remodel of three existing buildings ensures the preservation of the site's history while incorporating contemporary design principles. We are mindful of the viewshed pollution, ensuring that the natural beauty of the Serengeti is preserved and enhanced.
With an anticipated daily footfall of 500 visitors, our design focuses on creating a zero-maintenance environment. This not only minimizes operational costs but also allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the experience without distraction.