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  • Splaiul UNIRII
  • Nr.168, Bloc T3
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Malawi Secondary School

The essence of the project lies in the environmental approach; by reading the existing environmental systems: water, existing vegetation and solar radiation and organizing the architecture footprint following the logics of these environmental systems. A green corridor organizes the development of a resilient socio-ecological productive landscape where the cultural heritage, the natural resources and the agro-diversity remain interconnected for increased agricultural production, wealth creation and continuous provision of ecosystem services. 

This productive landscape is interconnected to the architecture of the school and serves as an open air laboratory for the children to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to face their daily life challenges such as: the development of governance structures for the management of natural resources, the development and maintenance of adequate water and sanitation amenities and the development of sustainable farming practices.  

The organization of the architecture is conceived as a tool for social transformation. The entrance is through a wooden gallery that leads to the library and articulates two main spaces: the market plaza and the cultural axis. A first building gallery faces the market plaza containing the public functions of the school: the library, the labs, computer lab and the health center. This area of the school is dedicated to arts and crafts, mechanical systems, design instruments and new information technologies. The market plaza promotes student entrepreneurship and it could be isolated from the rest of the school and opened after school hours in order to serve the wider community. The cultural axis organizes the multipurpose room with two annexed piazzas for dancing and performance and the kitchen and dining room 

  • [status] ideas
  • [location] Africa, Malawi
  • [program] educational
  • [date] 2019
  • [area] 3000m2
Malawi Secondary School

The essence of the project lies in the environmental approach; by reading the existing environmental systems: water, existing vegetation and solar radiation and organizing the architecture footprint following the logics of these environmental systems. A green corridor organizes the development of a resilient socio-ecological productive landscape where the cultural heritage, the natural resources and the agro-diversity remain interconnected for increased agricultural production, wealth creation and continuous provision of ecosystem services. 

This productive landscape is interconnected to the architecture of the school and serves as an open air laboratory for the children to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to face their daily life challenges such as: the development of governance structures for the management of natural resources, the development and maintenance of adequate water and sanitation amenities and the development of sustainable farming practices.  

The organization of the architecture is conceived as a tool for social transformation. The entrance is through a wooden gallery that leads to the library and articulates two main spaces: the market plaza and the cultural axis. A first building gallery faces the market plaza containing the public functions of the school: the library, the labs, computer lab and the health center. This area of the school is dedicated to arts and crafts, mechanical systems, design instruments and new information technologies. The market plaza promotes student entrepreneurship and it could be isolated from the rest of the school and opened after school hours in order to serve the wider community. The cultural axis organizes the multipurpose room with two annexed piazzas for dancing and performance and the kitchen and dining room