One Heart Village School
LOCATION | TURBO, KENYA
The opportunity was to design a master plan for an eco-village for abandoned and orphaned children in Kenya. The proposal aims to develop a new village that is environmentally sustainable, low cost, simple to build and contextually responsive to the site, culture, climate and unique use. The project evolved to have two challenging parts - to master plan a holistic children’s eco-village complete with the facilities outlined in the competition brief, and secondly, to create a unique design solution for each of these facilities.
international design competition I Selected among the top 3 entry
ARCHITECTURE I COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION I BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY
The campus is proposed to grow progressively and strategically with various zones. Zone 1 comprising the school functions, Zone 2 comprising agricultural farms & markets and Zone 3 comprising community facilities.
The building design strategy is distinctive to the geo-climatic zone. The extreme sun is cut with buttressed walls, the air is welcomed to the building through courtyards & screeded openings, rainwater is harvested from roofs and solar energy through free canopies at top of the building.
The residences and schools follow similar typology of design. The living units are shaded with either extra building skins of semi-open spaces on cardinal sun directions. The central semi-open spaces being flexible in nature, cater to play, study & relax.
Overall, the design creates an interesting combination of open, shaded and closed spaces within the site, through flowing built elements like floors, walls, and roofs.
Within the site, the project sets three unique zones of public-private interfaces. Zone 1 with restricted public access, Zone 2 with higher public access encouraged and zone 3 with restricted public access. These zones interface well with each other through physical and functional linkages.