A Rammed Earth School in Ghana

Two Italian architects, Andrea Tabocchini and Francesca Vittorini, designed and built a school in a remote village in Ghana. The non-profit project was built in just 60 days with only 12,000 euros and the help of volunteers from 20 different countries and the local populace.

Since there was no power, the school was constructed by hand using local resources (earth, wood, and plants). 58,000 kg of dirt were moved by hand, and 3 kilometres of wood were planed with two hand planers. The native dirt was compacted to create the walls.

A thin wood frame raised the roof, enabling light to enter the building and creating natural ventilation. Also, there are more covered areas to study outside because the porch extends into the garden.

The school was built in such a way that the lines between inside and outside are merged. It also provides an alternative to conventional classrooms and suggests a cost-effective and readily repeatable design that respects local expertise while pushing its boundaries. The secondary school’s mission is to establish a setting that fosters students’ academic and creative freedom.

You can read the original article at yen.com.gh

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