Mori, School in Senegal


Commissioned by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the non-profit organization American Friends of Le Korsa (AFLK), the New York-based architect Toshiko Mori has raised a school for children aged 5 to 10 in the remote Senegalese town of Fass. Able to serve as many as 300 children coming from the region’s over 110 villages, the complex comprises two buildings whose oval shape draws inspiration from the area’s architectural traditions. In the larger one, four classrooms and a covered multipurpose space surround a courtyard. The smaller volume provides accommodation for teachers. Both are executed with local construction materials and techniques. Perimeter walls vary in height and are perforated for ventilation purposes. The thick thatched pitched roof is an efficient insulator against heat.

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