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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

by , 05/05/14



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MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools. The best design solutions will be constructed by the Department of Education of the Philippines and the nonprofit Architecture for Humanity.

Related: 8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

To design a disaster-proof building without the aesthetic of the typical concrete bunker, MAT-TER Architects drew inspiration from the local, bamboo-based vernacular architecture as well as from cellular biology. A light modular skin stretches across the school’s rounded elevated structure, which is composed of three connected circular forms. The use of locally sourced bamboo allows for ventilation and passive cooling, and the curved roof is optimized for rainwater harvesting. A series of interior courtyards and community gardens reinforce the school’s secondary use as a community center.

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Via ArchDaily

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  1. Jomal Alcober May 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This is GREAT. Thanks for this posting. Of Philippine heritage, I know my peeps will truly appreciate this new and exciting design that will help minimize loss as a go-to place should another typhoon of Yolanda/Haiyan’s magnitude will surely touch the Philippines again.

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