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School in Ghana

School in Ghana – The goal of this project was to create a building using local materials and construction techniques, engaging local workers to be part of the project and helping the local economy overall. The project also used international volunteers, most of whom were architectural students and graduates, giving them experience in sustainable construction systems such as “rammed earth”.
The project was redesigned on site so the it would adapt to the site and create a connection with the local culture. Therefore, the building consists of a classroom and a lobby space that provides storage and study/reading space for their students. The orientation and geometry of the building were chosen to minimize the exposure to direct sunlight, maximize indirect sunlight and eliminate the need for artificial lighting and its associated costs.
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