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 

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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.  

PROGRAME

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STRATEGY

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.

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DESIGN

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. 

DESIGN

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. 

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DESIGN

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. 

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