In Progress: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture

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Architects: Kere Architecture
Location: Gando,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kere Architecture

The library will be finished in 2012and completes the school extension in Gando. This library represents for us an important accomplishment since it allows access to education even to people beyond the school.

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The eucalyptus rhythmicalfacade around the library creates a calm and open space in which pupils can isolate themselves to learn and to relax. It is the first time in Gando that eucalyptus wood is used for construction. In Burkina Faso, eucalyptus is usually used as firewood material since it dries out the soil and can only offer a small shadow.

The roof construction also represents a technical innovation: for the first time, traditional clay pots were used in the ceiling to insure, after their removal, light and air to circulate. Finally, furniture was integrated in the construction: per example, a big table was fixed in the center of the main room.

Cite: Alarcon, Jonathan. "In Progress: School Library Gando / Kere Architecture" 10 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • mvb

    I doubt if those skylights are a good idea for lighting the library. Direct light is not very comfortable for studying or reading a book. Anyway, congrats for the overall design, it is very sensitive and creative even though the budget and construction system are very limited.

  • Hal

    Can someone explain how this formwork was made for the ceiling? Looking at the construction photo I see that some concrete was poured after the pots were placed. Was the wood formwork made with holes that the pots fit into? Would some sealant be needed between the holes and the pots so that concrete didn’t drip through?