Highly commended

Hollmén Reuter Sandman

Womens centre

Rufisque, Senegal

December 2002
The womens centre in Rufisque, Senegal is remarkable in many ways. Designed by a trio of young Finnish architects: Saija Hollmén, Jenni Reuter and Helena Sandman, it uses locally tested construction methods, combines them with recycled materials and reinterprets traditional planning configurations. But the complex has not just provided a new social and training facility, its creation has been influential on the lives of everyone involved, Senegalese and Finns alike. It is an important step in the development of the recognition of women in this West African country.

Contact: Helena Sandman, Jenni Reuter, Saija Hollmén
Fax: 8