In wake of the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, SHoP has partnered with Kids of Kathmandu and Asia Friendship Network (AFN) to help rebuild 50 public schools in the hardest hit areas. The project will not only replace damaged schools, but also will raise the standard for public education in remote regions of Nepal.
In the hopes of providing a future model for non-governmental organizations, the design is a flexible system that is adaptable to different site conditions and available resources, and can be easily assembled.
Each building will be earthquake-resistant, incorporating concrete slab foundations and resilient steel truss roof systems.
The buildings will take a holistic approach to enhancing the children’s learning experience, “equipped with solar electricity generation, integrated water purification systems, new kitchen facilities, and wireless internet powering donated computers.”
Classrooms are additionally designed to dampen noise and minimize distractions, while providing ample light and air.
Furthermore, the schools will serve as community centers after hours, as well as safe havens in the event of another emergency situation.
The construction of the earth brick, concrete, and steel schools will be done mainly by local volunteer labor, enabling community members to participate more in the building of their schools. In addition, the walls are intentionally left blank "to encourage the vibrant local tradition of mural art."
“When Kids of Kathmandu approached up, we were enthralled and immediately began to brainstorm possible design solutions. We will also be sharing the architectural designs online to assist other groups and communities in building safe and responsible schools without the added expense of architecture and engineering planning. This is really a kit of parts that can serve communities everywhere in times of need.”
Construction on the first two schools will begin in early 2016. Learn more about the project here.
News via ShoP Architects.