Albert Faus, secondary school in Youlou (Burkina Faso)
Photos: Milena Villalba
Shortlisted in the international section of the 2020 FAD Awards, the project submitted by Albert Faus Madrid (Barcelona, 1972) involves reorganizing the Bangre Veenem educational complex, with its existing primary school serving the village of Youlou, and raising a secondary school and auxiliary constructions (canteen, staff changing rooms, guard cabin, water tank, etc.).
The scheme makes the premises keep within 5 hectares of the 8 available. The intervention is concentrated in the central part of the site, arranged in three horizontal strips. The middle one is a large void providing access to the facilities while acting as a public plaza. The walls and vaults of the main buildings are executed with compressed earth bricks, protected by a double roof. The auxiliary modules and the external walls, which form the central entrance square, are of thick stonework.
The high school comprises different volumes under a single canopy perforated at the ridge so that daylight and air enter the inner terrace leading to the classrooms, which form two parallel alignments.
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