Mathare Football for Hope Center
Exhibition: Network | December 22, 2011 by Andrea-Lipps
Mathare, a dense informal settlement located in Nairobi, Kenya, is home to the Mathare Football for Hope Center, part of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) campus and designed as one of FIFA’s twenty Football for Hope Centers (other centers are planned for locations such as Baguinéda, Bamako, Mali; Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia; and Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa). The Center, as part of MYSA’s mission to encourage African youth to develop health lifestyles and become engaged citizens, combines public health, education, and football to increase awareness and education for youth in the most disadvantaged areas. It includes a soccer pitch, covered outdoor classroom with stepped seating overlooking the pitch, and a community center for public gatherings, education, community service, sports, and leadership development. The design of the Center minimizes its energy requirements and environmental impact through optimal site orientation to maximize daylight while preventing overheating; use of natural lighting and LED lights; natural ventilation and airflow to help maintain temperature control; local materials; and a water management system for greywater reuse. The neutral stone façade of the Center contrasts with the brightly colored interior, embodying the Kenyan landscape and vibrant Kenyan culture, and the flat roof will allow safe and easy vertical expansion as needed so as not to encroach on surrounding land.
Designers: Studio 610; Architect of Record: Pharos Architects; Partners: Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) and streetfootballworld. Sponsors: Architecture for Humanity and International Football Federation (FIFA). Kangundo Road, Komarock, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008–10