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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Posted By Ana Lisa On January 5, 2012 @ 5:33 pm In Architecture,Green Materials,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab [1], Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler [2] and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials, the shelter was fashioned from cob, bamboo and mud. Cob is widely used in Pakistan, and is a material made from clay, sand, water and straw. The concoction can easily be mixed by bulls, and once set, works as a natural insulator that keeps humidity at bay and interiors cool.

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Punjab is the most populated city in Pakistan, and consequently there is a lack of jobs and a high level of poverty. The original school was failing to meet the growing needs of the school and increasing amount of students, so Roswag Seiler Architects decided to build a larger shelter that would still respect tradition and common building methods.

The new building has two floors — the lower one made from cob [3] and bricks, and the top one with strong renewable bamboo [4] and mud walls. Bamboo scaffolding [5] and stairs connect ten rooms, service areas and the study zone. The flat roof was made using a classic Pakistani technique and consists of three bamboo layers and mud. During winter, the building is heated by solar power thanks to its north-south orientation, and big windows welcome lots of light.

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab also supports ecological agriculture projects and was awarded a construction grant after achieving the sustainable building Holcim Awards. [6]

+ Roswag Seiler Architects [7]

Via Experimenta [8]


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[1] Punjab: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjab

[2] Roswag Seiler: http://inhabitat.comGerman Architects Roswag Seiler Hand-Build a School From Cob, Bamboo, Mud and the Locals

[3] cob: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cob_%28material%29

[4] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/co2-bambu/

[5] Bamboo scaffolding: http://inhabitat.com/the-roof-of-the-ny-metropolitan-sprouts-a-bristling-bamboo-forest/

[6] Holcim Awards.: http://www.holcimfoundation.org/T1399/A11APgoPK.htm

[7] + Roswag Seiler Architects: http://www.zrs-berlin.de/

[8] Experimenta: http://www.experimenta.es/noticias/arquitectura/colegio-de-barro-y-bambu-en-pakistan-de-roswag-architekten-3259

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