Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Copper Belt Lodges
Mining Executive Oasis
Built in 2008, the iconic Kampi Ya Boma was the first development of its kind in Africa and remains one of the largest tensile-fabric hotels in the world today. Tenthouse Structures’ first large scale commission, the 57-suite executive-hotel services visiting mining professionals to the thriving copper belt region of southern DRC.
The Creation of an Icon
Executing the vision of an ambitious maverick hotelier, THS designed, transported and rapidly installed the robust tent-style village - requiring minimal maintenance and extended product lifespan - into one of the most remote regions of Africa. The pioneering design not only provides a welcome and relaxing resort environment, but remains a flourishing and aspirational feature of the area, much-enjoyed by returning visitors.
Considering the Congo’s limited infrastructure and socio-economic restrictions, solutions-driven THS shipped the entire 5000m² roofing structures in 5 containers, a cost-effective move that mitigated the high cost of local building resources.
Added to this, two THS’ project managers trained local crews to install the expansive roofing over a 10-day period, transferring skills to the local community and limiting imported labour costs. The hotel was fully-functional in 18 months (from client engagement) and to this day out- performs conventional Congolese roofing materials in weathering the highveld climate fluctuations.
Tenthouse Structure is synonymous with ground-breaking projects in some of the most remote regions of Africa.