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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 31, 2012 @ 9:22 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | No Comments

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Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community’s longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls [1] and the pitched roof is made with knitted straw or “cade.”

With no shortage of natural ventilation or daylighting [2], this lovely space is lined with colorful books, but it doesn’t feel like torture to be inside. Plus, given the location, outdoor education comprises a fundamental part of the curriculum.

The teacher told Architizer that the school, which allows the children to discover whole new worlds that sprout from their inner lives, has become a source of pride and unity for the entire community. And the inspiring boat shape pays respect to their reliance on fishing for sustenance [3].

Via Architizer [4]

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[1] bamboo walls: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-bamboo-living-houses-take-two-days-to-build/

[2] natural ventilation or daylighting: http://inhabitat.com/tag/natural-ventilation/

[3] reliance on fishing for sustenance: http://inhabitat.com/the-safetynet-sustainable-fishing-net-makes-waves-by-winning-the-james-dyson-award/

[4] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/nueva-esperanza-school/48195/#.UOGXaKVTOfQ

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