Kristina Egbers, Rising Star School in Harare (Zimbabwe)
Photos: Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V.
The design of this school building was the diploma thesis of Kristina Egbers at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Stuttgart. Developed with a German team of Engineers Without Borders, the first of four construction phases has been completed in Hopley, a district on the outskirts of Harare, capital of Zimbabwe. With two classrooms and a covered outdoor space, the building presents a modular system of 35-centimeter-thick arches reinforced by outer walls. A double roof and the use of adobe protects the rooms against overheating. So does the cross ventilation generated by the positioning of the openings. Through the transfer of construction know-how to locals, a simple design, and the use of materials available in the area, a campus for a thousand pupils is in the making, with classrooms, offices, health facilities, and a library.
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