local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

kéré architecture has completed an institute of technology in burkina faso, west africa, utilizing an innovative method with local clay. as part of the lycée schorge secondary school, the structure is clad in a transparent skin of eucalyptus wood, to create a feeling of seamless cohesion between the two buildings. the same timber has also covered the ceilings inside the classrooms, providing a dynamic rhythm to the interiors and complementing the clay walls.local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africaall images © kéré architecture

 

 

kéré architecture was commissioned by the stern stewart institute to expand the campus adding a new facility that gives the opportunity to high school alumni to continue their education. combined with concrete, the walls are formed by regional clay, and then poured and cast in-situ within large formworks. furthermore, using a formation of repeated modules, that include classrooms and supporting functions, the structure was arranged orthogonally to define a rectangular courtyard. this arrangement of units allows the campus to develop step-by-step depending on its requirements.local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

 

 

thanks to the staggered modules, air circulation runs properly in the central void providing students with a fresh space where they can rest and interact. although the classrooms need mechanical air conditioning — ceiling fans — the solid clay walls contribute to cooling down the interior spaces. the repetitive roof forms generate a vibrant rhythm and develop a chimney at the back of each module where built-up warm air can be discharged. furthermore, hung ceilings, made of local eucalyptus wood, allow plenty of natural light to penetrate the interior.local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

 

 

located on a flood plain, the project included extensive landscaping work to protect the buildings. during the rainy season, water is channeled into a large underground tank that is later used to irrigate the extensive mango plantations on the campus.local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

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local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

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local clay + transparent timber skin assemble kéré architecture's university in west africa

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: burkina institute of technology (BIT)

architects: kéré architecture

main architect: diébédo francis kéré

design team: jaime herraiz martínez, andrea maretto

contributors: juan carlos zapata, valentin billhardt

construction supervision: diébédo francis kéré, nataniel sawadogo, jaime herraiz martínez

landscape design: kéré architecture

location: koudougou, burkina faso, west africa

client: stern stewart institute

building area: 2100 sqm (22,604.2 sqft)

design & planning phase: september 2017 – april 2018

construction phase: april 2018 – april 2021

status: completed

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