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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,Sustainable Building,Sustainable Materials | No Comments
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  and the pitched roof is made with knitted straw or “cade.”
With no shortage of natural ventilation or daylighting , 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 .
Via Architizer 
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