EEA: ngari school, soloman islands EEA: ngari school, soloman islands
nov 10, 2010

EEA: ngari school, soloman islands

ngari school in the solomon islands by EEA all photos by richard briggs

after an earthquake and tsunami in 2004, EEA (emergency architects australia) assisted in the rebuilding of the classroom for the ngari school in the solomon islands, this project is for the remainder of the required school buildings including a teacher’s house, dorms, and a mess hall. the design attempts to respect local culture and skills, use local materials and traditional techniques along with modern disaster resistant design. the project is composed of two dormitories, a mess hall, and staff house in addition to the previously completed school classroom building. eaa aimed to design a durable, sustainable, and safe structure which involved the local community as the main builders. because of their deep involvement in the process, the community will be able to maintain the structures, take pride in them, and combine elements from this process with traditional know-how to build more safely in the future.

the corridor in the dormitory

the wooden shutters

the junior dormitory

the junior dormitory


project info: 5 buildings: two dormitories (boys and girls), a mess hall, and a staff house. the project uses local materials, and principles of ESD such as natural ventilation. it also uses principles of earthquake resistant design and high building safety standards for durability, safety and sustainability.

project team: david kaunitz, nic ewald, david rapaport, rod simpson, james davidson, robbie dodds, rod johnson, TTW (engineers) and funded by solomon islands rarp (relief and reconstruction project) and emergency architects australia.

  • this is such a great work, utilising local resources to achieve your aim. this is pure sustainability. great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    ambright says:
  • A job well done. Congratulations to the team d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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