Haitian Community Kitchen

Haitian Community Kitchen

Design collaborators: Kenel J. Antoine Architect & Associates

Project description

The impetus for the community kitchen was to use architecture as vehicle to contribute solutions to some of the countless humanitarian needs of the Haitian people following the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Echo partnered with architect and Haiti native Kenel Antoine to develop the design to pitch locally.

The concept behind the kitchen is universal in its attempt to provide a venue for nutritional access to any community that faces a lack of infrastructure. The design takes advantage of universal materials. The standard components are low cost, off the shelf building elements which, when are not available locally, are able to be imported, flat packed and transported anywhere. The modular structure itself is intended to be easily assembled, broken down, moved, re-assembled, or duplicated as needed for maximum flexibility. Depending on the community’s needs the structure is intended to be either permanent or temporary in nature. Once erected, the community kitchen is virtually self sustaining and requires very little outside resources to function. Photovoltaic panels on the roof provide general electricity which will power electric burners for cooking. A rain capture, collection and filtration system augments water demands. The community kitchen is designed for warm climates and is an open air structure with overhanging rooflines shaded from the sun, designed for natural ventilation.