Building Hopes Through Architecture

by Genesis Architects

The dignifying power of transformational architecture: buildings that heal, shelters for the soul, and spaces that enlightens.

Iris University | MozambiqueIris

Iris University will become Africa’s first oceanfront and full-fledged university, located along the shores of Pemba beach.

The geometry and patterns of the capulana (Mozambican traditional fabric) informs the layout of the buildings. This staggered layout is rationalized to incorporate effective passive climatic responses, and maximizes inter-building distances and opens up to courtyards and landscapes.

A central landscape and pedestrian spine is inserted along the main axis, reinforcing the site’s adjacency to, and relationship with, the Pacific Ocean.

African flora is re-introduced and curated to create a spectacular green spine for the enjoyment of staff, students and general public.

The master-planning of this university achieves connectivity and porosity among faculties and buildings, and a connection between the city of Pemba and the rest of the world.


01 - Concept diagrams (a set) 02 - Site visit 2019 (ground breaking ceremony) 03 - Aerial perspective of University Masterplan (Phase 1) 04 - Classroom blocks enfronts the Pacific Ocean 05 - Logos Library (Phase 1)

Ecoles Modulairies @ DR Congo

Écoles Modulaires, or Modular Schools, is a collection of 50 schools to be built all across rural areas of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over five years, as part of our collaboration with non-profit organization and ongoing transformational missions efforts in DRC for the ‘Kadogos’ – a Swahili term meaning ‘little ones’.

During the first and second civil conflicts that took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), all sides involved in the war actively recruited or conscripted ‘Kadogos’ as child soldiers. In 2012, Oxford University Press estimated that around 30,000 little ones were still operating with armed groups.

Working closely with local church pastors and educators, we simplified the requirements of a primary school, as approved by the DRC education ministry, as kits of parts. Devoid of physical context, the design is driven by social context and critical regionalism instead. These kits of parts are recombined differently as loose modular solutions to respond to different site conditions/ locations.

Reinforced concrete structural framing is standardized for all variants, while roofing and wall infill vary from location to location depending on the materials and skills available. Some variants have included steel and timber roof trusses, as well as brick and gabion walls.

Our schools have since transformed communities, bringing hope into darkness. Children in conflict zones are putting down their arms for a more sustainable option – education. We are elated to report that our students have consistently scored higher than national average, and making waves.

“Education is the great equalizer of our time. It gives hope to the hopeless and creates chances for those without…” ~ Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Laureate


01 - Concept diagrams (a set) 02 - Exterior perspective of the school 03 - Lower secondary students attending class 04 - From a soldier to a student

The Aula @ Kalimantan (Borneo)

Deep in the jungles of West Kalimantan is Living Waters Village - a non-profit organization that is home to 700 neglected children. Since it was founded, it has grown to include schools (primary to pre-university), a clinic, a bakery, a nursery, a cement factory, and a complex system of reservoirs for rainwater harvesting.

Genesis Architects is proud to design the Village’s latest facility - 1,200-seater aula (or auditorium) that will support its social, educational and religious activities.

The aula adapts impeccably to its site - and responds to the sloping terrain, the adjacent buildings and other site specific conditions.

The building also incorporates vernacular design and Dayak elements that can be found throughout the Village - reinforcing its identity and sense of place.


01 - Concept diagrams (a set) 02 - Aerial perspective of The Aula 03 - Progress photo of part of the school that the Aula is connected to 04 - Site inspection with LWV founder, Ronny Heyboer

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