Senegal, Dakar, Jean Mermoz High School, passive design, high thermal inertia, local materials, local craftsmen, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, rainwater harvesting, dayligting

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project’s carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the school was designed in strategically-oriented parallel sections that mitigate excess solar gain and form small green courtyards and shaded areas. The classrooms are very well lit, naturally, and are equipped with all of the latest educational tools.

The double walls are also ventilated, ensuring that a nice breeze can permeate both indoor and outdoor areas, while the roofs of the building have high thermal inertia. Waste is treated on site and the school harvests and treats its own rainwater. As for the color choice, the French designers chose terracotta because of how well it resonates with the red earth of Dakar, while splashes of bright color breaks up any monotony. Seriously, this must be one of the prettiest schools in all of Africa.

+ Terreneuve Architects

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