Reception Gallery & Toilets for Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation

Kilburn Nightingale Architects, Kasese, 2012


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  • Recycled oil drums for roofing material    
  • Gallery roof under construction    
  • Gallery eaves    
  • In the mountains    
  • Gallery structure tied with shipping container    
  • Internal roof view    
  • Locally made light fittings    
  • Gallery area    
  • Cafe area    
  • Toilet building    
  • Light holes    
  • Site plan    
  • Reception gallery & toilets site    
  • Reception gallery - plan    
  • Reception gallery - section    
  • Reception gallery - construction views    
  • Toilets - plan    
  • Toilets - construction views    
  • Counter detail     
  • Sliding doors detail    
  • Roofing detail    

Small gallery/café building and toilets for visiting artists in Uganda

The latest buildings completed for the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation comprise a small gallery/café building and visitor toilets. These form part of a longer term project including an art foundry, studios for visiting artists, housing and a clinic for the local community on a rural site in the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda.

The gallery building is a simple enclosure built with eucalyptus framing anchored to the ground and braced by a shipping container (which had been used to bring foundry equipment to the site). The walls to both gallery and toilets are of locally fired bricks with murram mortar and mud render. Roofs are recycled 44 gallon drums on a eucalyptus structure.

The resulting buildings are a first phase in an ambitious ensemble of buildings that has already started to bring visitors and employment, as well as a new engagement in art and sculpture, to this remote corner of Africa.


  • Begun: Mar 2011
  • Completed: Jan 2012
  • Floor area: 105m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £37,145
  • Tender date: Dec 2010
  • Procurement: Fixed lump sum
  • Address: Ruwenzori Founders, Kasese, P O Box 600, Uganda

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