tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds

tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds

located on the banks of lake turkana, kenya, the ‘startup lions campus’ by kéré architecture takes its cues from the towering mounds built by termite colonies in the region. the education building is topped with tall ventilation towers that naturally cool its interiors while creating a landmark in the surroundings. set over two levels that follow the site’s natural slope, the campus is built out of locally sourced quarry stone with a plaster finish.kenyan education campus by kéré architecture mimics termite moundsall images by kinan deeb for kéré architecture

 

 

kéré architecture’s ‘startup lions campus’ is an information and communication technologies (ICT) campus that responds to the pressing challenge of youth unemployment faced in the region. it offers high-level training and access to international job opportunities, allowing young entrepreneurs to thrive professionally without having to leave their place of origin. the project provides 100 new workstations and is the first step in an ambitious vision of spreading ICT networks in remote areas.tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds

 

 

the architecture of the campus celebrates the unique morphology and natural beauty of its site, while creating a new landmark for the area. extensive roof terraces shaded by creeping vegetation offer expansive views over lake turkana and provide pleasant outdoor meeting spaces and opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas. drawing from the region’s termite mounds, the tall ventilation towers create a stack effect to naturally cool the main working spaces by extracting warm air upwards. meanwhile, fresh air is introduced through specially designed low-level openings. this system allows the campus to withstand high temperatures and is especially well suited as it prevents dust from damaging the it equipment.

 

 

‘in choosing which materials and construction techniques to use, ecological sustainability, cost and availability factors were weighed to arrive at the best compromise,’ explains the team at kéré architecture. ‘collaboration with the local community was key in this decision-making process, drawing from their experience and expertise.’tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds kenyan education campus by kéré architecture mimics termite mounds

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tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds

kenyan education campus by kéré architecture mimics termite mounds

tall ventilation towers in kéré architecture's kenyan education campus mimic termite mounds

kenyan education campus by kéré architecture mimics termite mounds

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project info:

 

 

local name: startup lions campus

architect: kéré architecture, diébédo francis kéré, berlin, germany

location: turkana county, kenya

size: 1416 sqm (15242 sqft)

design year: may 2019 – december 2019

construction year: december 2020 – april 2021

design team: kinan deeb, andrea maretto

contributors: juan carlos zapata, leonne vögelin, charles andré, malak nasreldin kéré architecture, berlin, germany

project management: kinan deeb

engineering + construction: buildX studio, kyuna rd, nairobi, kenya

client: learning lions gUG (haftungsbeschränkt), geltendorf, germany

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