The design of the Worm building draws inspiration from the Mophane Worm, a local delicacy in Botswana. The architect sought to mimic the body shape of the worm, creating a structure that echoes its unique form. Just like the worm's relationship with the Mophane Tree, the building aims to establish a strong connection with the natural vegetation surrounding it.
The Worm building takes the shape of a horseshoe, similar to how the Mophane Worm coils and creates a safe haven for itself. This design choice creates a central protected courtyard, where outdoor leisure activities can take place. The courtyard features a leisure pool, providing a serene and relaxing environment shielded from harsh weather conditions. The indoor spaces are strategically arranged around this central courtyard, ensuring a harmonious flow between the interior and exterior.
One of the standout features of the Worm building is its extensive use of glazing, with approximately 70 percent of the facade consisting of glass. This allows for a visual and physical connection to the exterior, blurring the boundaries between the building and its natural surroundings. The building also opens up towards the courtyard, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
When it comes to materials, the Worm building prioritizes sustainability and a healthy relationship with the environment. The primary construction materials include compressed earth blocks masonry, thatched roofs, and gum poles. Additionally, locally sourced stones are used for feature walls, further enhancing the building's connection to the surrounding landscape.
Although the Worm building is still in the design phase, its unique concept and attention to detail have already earned it recognition. The project was awarded the Iron A' Design Award in the Architecture, Building, and Structure Design category. This accolade is a testament to the building's well-designed, practical, and innovative nature, meeting professional and industrial requirements.
Looking ahead, construction of the Worm building is set to commence towards the end of 2023. Once completed, this architectural masterpiece will stand as a symbol of cultural significance, reflecting the history and traditions of Botswana while embracing the beauty of nature.
Project Designers: Hactor Kabo Malete
Image Credits: Hactor Kabo Malete
Project Team Members: Hactor Kabo Malete
Project Name: The Worm
Project Client: Hactor Kabo Malete