Plus Architecture have been engaged to prepare masterplans for 2 districts on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. The city has seen a dramatic rise in population growth over the last 4 decades and this trend is set to continue. The 2 sites, Naguru and Nakawa, are set on steeply sloping terrain to the west of the city centre on either side of the Jinja Highway.
For Nakawa, a central parkland is proposed which acts as a green lung within which civic and religious pavilions are set. This provides a high quality public realm for the commercial and residential neighbourhoods which surround this space. The masterplan also proposes the renewal of a disused rail line to provide an efficient public transport link to Kampala city centre.
Naguru is primarily a residential community and is conceived as a Garden Estate defined by areas of lush landscape creating zones of distinctive character. The steep terrain is exploited to provide a unique and dramatic landscape response.