2015 Kenya Collaborators: Weishun Xu, Zunheng Lai
Located inside Mathere slum in Nairobi, Kenya, this project is a reconstruction of an elementary school with 115 students. The design focuses on creating flexible spaces that can be shared by the whole community. On the ground floor, a large open space with steps is created with movable partitions that can be used for multi-functional programs such as classroom, movie theater, church or auditorium. The second floor consists of four classrooms for different years. The roof is a butterfly structure to collect rainfall. Bamboo as an environmental-friendly local material is used largely in this project. The bamboo tube screens and bamboo strip windows give a natural looking of the building as well as creating light and air penetration to the inside to increase natural lighting and ventilation.