NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi
 

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi

‘school in africa’ is the latest project from NUDES that envisions a new secondary school situated in malawi. with the concept based on a ‘bottom-up’ design process, the scheme focuses on utilizing local materials and embracing vernacular architecture to create a building that aims to fit within the east-african context and encourage community participation.

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
students are confronted with an abstract composition and chance ‘learning encounters’ across the entire school

all images courtesy of NUDES

 

 

NUDES has designed the architectural program to explore a variety of classroom environments and house functions such as administration spaces, computer rooms, a library, and a laboratory/research area. in addition, spaces for animals, multipurpose areas and residential components for students and teachers are planned within the scheme to provide a wide range of activities.

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
the design of the school embraces the role of the ‘vernacular’ in shaping the future

 

 

responding to the requirements of the brief, the design focuses on modularity, incremental expansion, ease of deployment and sustainable technologies. a modular ‘ladder’ component is proposed to create a structural system that houses the pedagogical spaces of the school. this intervention is planned to be incrementally arrayed along a path to utilize indoor-outdoor learning environments, and the angle of the ‘ladder’ has been determined to explore both horizontal and vertical planes.

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom

a large central space is used for extra-curricular activities

 

 

the ‘horizontal’ plane of the structure explores learning activities outside of the classroom, including spaces for amphitheaters, outdoor workshops and recreational activities. a single module composed of arrayed components is aggregated across the site to create a simple growth expansion strategy for the entire school.

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
classrooms are well ventilated and embellished with natural daylight

 

 

local infill materials, such as straw bale cubes that include voids for light and ventilation, are inserted into the surface of the structure to create a breathable skin. the entire system aims to seek ease of repair and future maintenance, advocating local construction practices. most importantly, the design of the school embraces the role of vernacular architecture in shaping the future and is built on the cornerstones of ‘pedagogy’, ‘deployment’ and ‘sustainability’, promoting the use of local materials and community and student participation.

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom

the project houses both formal and informal learning environments

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
locally available materials are also used within the interiors

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom

the library space encourages students to foster a love for reading

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
the project explores out of the classroom learning activities including spaces for amphitheaters, workshops and recreation

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
local material infill such as straw bale cubes include voids for light and ventilation

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
the deployment strategy

NUDES uses straw bales to create a breathable skin for proposed school in malawi designboom
plans and sections of the proposal

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘school in africa’

project location: malawi

architect: NUDES

founder & principal: nuru karim

design team: nuru karim, dhruval shah, salai vv, aditya jain, uttara rajawat, anjana varma, rohit dj

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • I hope animals won’t eat raw strawbales, i mean without the earth plaster there will be quite delicious or it will be all gone by wind. But the idea is great though..

    mina o. says:
  • Simply beautiful

    deepak shah says:
  • true beauty, worried about execution and fire regulations though please release photos of construction and completed project later for comparison.

    john the revelator says:

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