The flexibility of joints and overall panelization allow the building to be folded down and flat-packed into 4m x 4m modules taken to a new site where the reverse takes place - recreating the old school on a new site. The environmental strategy includes water management system, ventilation system, and a high level of solar control. When you consider this matched up with sustainable materials of wood and bamboo it makes this a real environmentally friendly option with great internal circulation space and open learning aesthetic.










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EJ Architects

Our proposal is inspired by the architecture of traditional dwellings of the area where they are commonly raised on stilts and made from bamboo and other natural materials. Bamboo is a cheap
and readily available material and here, it is used to build a series of lightweight and modular teaching spaces connected by a large raised deck. The deck becomes the heart of the school. It is a sheltered space that will become a place for meeting, playing, eating and informal teaching... 'comment'

Eat+Site specific

The designers of Sathublae school believe that the right kind of architecture can create the sense of belonging and the sense of ownership in the hearts of the displaced Karen community members creating a school that the community can say is 'made by us' and 'made for us'. The both modular and rearrangable design based on a 'Sliding Puzzle' creates an architectural paradigm of flexibility. The design utilises prefabricated elements with traditional bamboo carpentry to successfully marry old and new into a dynamic set of forms..'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.

João Guimarães, Miguel Magalhães

The project seeks to demonstrate to the community how enhanced traditional building techniques provide real possibility for future building development: low cost, low tech construction that they can build with their own resources they become the key part of the solution. The construction process can help address the (common) issue of unemployment and unskilled workforce between the refugees, in addition to strengthening relationships among the villagers and reinforcing the sense of community. The school anchors itself around a tree which becomes a symbol of inclusivity and learning. 'comment'

Miren Escartin

The program is divided in two linear structures with a space to learn & play, and a space to extend the uses from inside to outside. The two mono-pitched structures sitting back to back create a circulation space and over all dynamic form. Children are given a mezzanine space in which to rest and sleep, elevated above the learning spaces. The reliance on timber and bamboo fixes the building naturally into the either an urban setting or the backdrop of the surrounding countryside.'comment'