Knitknot Architecture, in collaboration with nonprofit group Seeds of Learning, has designed -- and is raising funds to build -- the El Jicarito School. Located in El Jicarito, a tiny village in Nicaragua, the school will serve 27 children who currently do not have a school to attend.
The low-cost school design aims to bring the community together through collaborative construction methods, the use of local materials, and the creation of a new educational landscape that will enhance creativity.
Overall, the school will feature two classrooms, a multipurpose space, and a public square/playground area. Both of the classrooms are conceived as flexible spaces, in an effort to "stimulate and promote interactive teaching and classes with different formats."
The floors will be made of poured colored concrete, the walls will be earth-bags, and the columns and beams will be made out of reinforced concrete with steel framing, all as a part of an experimental and learning-based building process that will help the community come together.
Part of the land needed to build the school will be donated by the municipal government.
In addition to use as a school, the space will be available for community meetings, adult education classes, and traveling medical brigades.
Learn more about the project, or donate to the indiegogo fund, here.
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