Orphaned & Children’s Eco-Village
Orphaned & Children’s Eco-Village – Description from O2DA.
The aim of the project is to create a conducive place to learn, play and live for the Kenyan orphans. The Children Eco-Village design is inspired by traditional Kenyan Maasai architecture that emphasize on the spirit of community, robust in-between spaces and the use of local materials. The design reinvents traditional form to suit the need of a large institutional and housing facilities by innovating on appropriate local building material and technology.
It is planned as a self-sustaining village with clear zoning of programs. Public area like training center, community hall and farm are located near the front of the property. Homes for the orphans are toward the back protected by the schools and farm in between. A wide circulation spine link all components together and increase the legibility and accessibility within the site.
Schools and homes are laid out in circular clusters and each cluster represents a unique program. The center of a cluster (home/school) is a large shaded open courtyard for outdoor learning and playing. Abundance of in-between spaces between the circular classrooms promote informal learning and encourage interaction.
Classrooms and bedrooms are designed according to the local climate. Shaded clay brick wall with big window openings cool down the classroom by inducing cross-ventilation during the hot day. At night, heat absorbed by the bedroom concrete block wall help keeping the interior warm. Sustainable material like bamboo is explored as structural element. New bamboo starter plants are planted at the perimeter of the site to be harvested for future construction.