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Incredible Modern Rwandan Education Center Made With Local Materials

Posted By Andrew Michler On February 7, 2011 @ 1:30 pm In Architecture | No Comments

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This newly completed education center in Nyanza, Rwanda is a subtle design that uses local materials and crafts with a sophisticated layout to provide for a multitude of community needs. Designed by Dominikus Stark Architekten [1], the structure has been purposely built using simple building forms and established local building materials arranged in a way that creates multiple layers of spaces in a contemporary form. The passively cooled [2]complex was constructed completely with local labor and materials like clay adobe [3] bricks, steel, wicker and papyrus.


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The outward face [4] of the complex is largely protected, and you can find just a public internet café and coffeehouse accessible from the road. The buildings maintain a courtyard house, a library, laboratory, classrooms, and a main hall that is used as a cafeteria and social gathering space for private events. By providing multiple venues the complex hopes to become a central social and learning hub for the two towns it is situated between.

The inner courtyard is highlighted by a glazed vestibule on one side, and a row of wicker doors on the other. The transitions protect the interior from a hot sun and the thermal mass of the clay brick walls and natural ventilation through the wicker doors [5] maintains a comfortable climate inside. Openings set high in the exterior adobe brick walls allow hot stale air to escape. Interior ceilings are finished in papyrus reeds – a robust grass that replaces scarce wood. The roof collects rainwater [6] as well to supplement the precious local supply.

+ Dominikus Stark Architekten [1]

Via e-architect [7]


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[1] Dominikus Stark Architekten: http://www.dominikusstark.de/2010/education-center-nyanza-ruanda/

[2] passively cooled : http://inhabitat.com/farestudioss-inspiring-womens-clinic-in-west-africa/

[3] adobe: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=adobe

[4] outward face: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/02/Rwanda-Education-Center-1.jpg

[5] wicker doors: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/02/Rwanda-Education-Center-3.jpg

[6] rainwater: http://inhabitat.com/award-winning-tasmanian-addition-takes-advantage-of-rain-and-sun/

[7] e-architect: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/africa/ruanda_education_centre.htm

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