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Build to make a change_A school prototype between tradition and innovation in Ghana

ATA2018

INSIDE OUT is the winning prototype of a school for children that has been built from June, 2 to August, 25, 2017 during an international workshop.
The location of the project is Yeboahkrom, a rural village in Ghana where the wind had destroyed the only school of the area. Since no electricity was available it was built by hand, crafting materials available on site (earth, wood and vegetation), moving by hand 58 000 kg of soil and planing 3km of wood with 2 hand planers.


The lack of resources and the site limitations become the opportunity to propose a sustainable design that merges architecture and landscape: the staggered walls of the classrooms are built by compacting the local earth, a light wood structure lifts the roof up, allowing zenithal light into the building, and generates a natural ventilation of the spaces, while the vegetation of the garden becomes the continuation of the porches, increasing the shaded spaces to study outdoor. The result is a work that blurs the boundary between inside and outside, offering an alternative to standard introverted classrooms and proposing an affordable and easily replicable design that values the local know-how and pushes its limits.




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Francesca Vittorini

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