Totem Architects addresses the issue of providing decent housing at a competitive rent by optimising construction costs through a series of small-scale test building projects. The developers of these buildings are private investors, often family-run, with limited financial resources, whose need for quick returns often compromises the quality of their construction projects. Totem Architects aims to improve project design and finish level while staying as close as possible to the usual construction budgets.
The Sakina project, located in the eastern expansion area of the city of Abidjan, is an example. It is a building with studios and F2 and F3 apartments on 3 levels, intended for young households of 2 to 4 people.