American architects Dan La Rossa and Amadeo Bennetta worked together with social enterprise Building Trust International, local craftsmen, school children and parents to create a fantastic new school on the border of Thailand and Burma. The MOVING Schools 001 project provides an educational space for a displaced community of migrants and refugees in a conflict area. The bolted iron structure is clad with lightweight bamboo and reclaimed timber, and it was built from start to finish in just 3 months!
Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse group worked together to create a learning shelter in an area afflicted by decades of armed conflict. The mobile school is made from a bolted steel structure and panels made from fast-growing bamboo, and it was designed for easy disassembly.
The project utilizes traditional bamboo building techniques, and the concrete-free foundations and made from reclaimed tires filled with compacted gravel. The unique roof is a tensile fabric (instead of tin/zinc), which lasts longer, can be easily taken down, and produces less noise from the impact of Thailand‘s heavy rains. The construction of this new bamboo school was a learning experience for the architects, the volunteers, and the entire community.
Photos by Building Trust International