Uwe Kartmann titled the proposal 'Daheim' (German for 'Home') placing importance on the building design strengthening the children's solidarity, because of their difficult pasts and their resulting status as migrants/refugees. The design is an almost closed building with a wide passage and two big welcoming entrances. The passage serves as canteen area and is completely sheltered. The rooms on both sides are open and create a communicative atmosphere in the centre.










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The team use basic design principles of anthropometric/scale along with simple striking colors thus naturally creating a welcoming feel towards knowledge and a learning institution for young minds. The design is homogeneous in terms of material but visually advanced. A metaphor for growth and advancement keeping the root intact.'comment'

With an incredibly detailed structure the team shows an impressive knowledge of the need for repeated elements and connections. Utilising a metal skeletal structure, OSB and wooden boards to good effect, with water collection and a clear strategy to prevent overheating of internal spaces made this a clear favourite.'comment'

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This collection of design entries represents a number of projects which we believe with funding could go on to change thousands of children's lives offering sustainable aid through housing local, community led education inititives. By running the competition we have the funding for the winning design, but we are not happy stoppping there. Help us get the funding we need to turn some of the other projects seen here into a reality too.

This modular free-standing school design operates from the standpoint of simplicity, creating an educational building that can be easily constructed/deconstructed and transported; while also promoting local materials and a place of learning for the community. The school can be transported and built completely using hand labor and a pick-up truck. The building is flexible, with a construction system that can expand or take on other forms with regard to programmatic or spatial needs. Furnishings and other modular elements have been designed in a way that they can hang off the major structure. 'comment'

'Home Away from Home' Utilises shipping containers that open in a 'wing-like' fashion to create open, yet secure, lockable classrooms, canteen areas and play spaces. The team of students from Karachi show a scheme that could be rapidly deployed, set up and moved on within very little time. The minimal use of containers around a courtyard design reinforces a sense of community and protection for the users.'comment'