The success of the primary school in Gando and its positive impact on the community encouraged to build a secondary school to offer opportunities to those students who wanted to continue their studies.

Inspired in the distribution of the surrounding settlements, the school consists of a central courtyard surrounded by five volumes containing the classrooms. Around them, the terrain is molded to create a perimeter barrier that protects the campus from wind and sandstorms. The project repeats the strategies used in other Gando buildings, such as community participation or passive ventilation, and introduces new systems to improve techniques that have already been tested. The walls are built from a curved modular formwork that, aside from giving the facade an aesthetic quality, also reduces construction times. Around each module, a second skin of eucalyptus wood generates a transition space in the shade. The climatic strategies also become more complex. The air that comes from the savannah is filtered through a barrier of small bushes and is introduced through a network of underground conducts, where a series of buried vessels collect rainwater and reduce temperature.

Cliente Client

Schulbausteine für Gando e.V., village community of Gando

Arquitectos Architects

Kéré Architecture

Diseño Design Team

Diébédo Francis Kéré, Dominique Mayer, Ines Bergdolt, Pedro N. Montero Gosalbez, Claudia Buhmann, Dessislawa Stoyanova, Jin-Gul David Jun

Patrocinadores Sponsors

Hevert-Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG, Frank Elstner

Construcción Construction

Kéré Architecture, village community Gando

Superficie construida Built-up area

4800 m²

Fotos Photos

Kéré Architecture, Daniel Schwartz