Eumbo, the private “kraal” within which Ovambo families in rural areas of northern Namibia situate their thatch huts, enclosed by a wooden fence and centered by “Omulilo gwoshilongo”, the scared, eternal family fire. The “Old White House”, property of Danie Botha, a liberation struggle veteran and Member of Parliament in Independant Namibia’s first Parliament in 1991. In the pre-independence era, it functioned as a sanctuary for Namibia’s struggle stalwarts, hiding from Apartheid South Africa’s dreaded security aparatus, and a place where comrades, black and white, would come together for social gatherings. Situated within a rapidly developing urban environment, and with its rich and meaningful history, the brief required a building that would serve its on-site users by creating a space for sanctuary and social gathering, but also give the street edge back to the public, encapsulating the Live-Work-Grow ethos of its custodians.
Mixed Use – Commercial & Residential
± 1 500 m²