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  3. Educational Architecture
  4. Kenya
  5. The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
  6. 2017
  7. Eco Moyo Education Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

Eco Moyo Education Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

  • 11:00 - 17 May, 2017
Eco Moyo Education Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
Eco Moyo Education Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, © SCS

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kilifi District, Kenya
  • Design Team

    Mina-Matilde Håøya, Kevin Benny Kuriakose, Seppe Claes, Lena-Marí Nordli, Laura Brasé, Miquel Benedito Ribelles, Katherine Bylett, Bao Trung Mai, Jingyi “Birdy” Xu, Maria Lagging, Bianca Suárez Steckelmacher
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • SCS

    Christian Hermansen, Solveig Sandness, Joseph Henry Kennedy Jr, Jan Kazimierz Godzimirski
  • Structures

    Felice Allievi (Degrees of Freedom), Solveig Sandness (AHO)
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Text description provided by the architects. Eco Moyo is an educational Community Based Organisation located in Ezamoyo in Kilifi county, Kenya, providing free Montessori based education to children from poor families. Eco Moyo have recently bought a 5 hectares site half an hour drive from Kilifi town center. The site has a house, and Eco Moyo is building the infrastructure necessary to make it usable as an education centre.


During 2017 they built living accommodation for 20 pupils and for the teaching staff so that they can move operations to the new site. The development plan for Eco Moyo Education Centre consists of two parts:

The first is Eco Moyo Primary School which is modelled on Green School Principals and the Montessori Education Method, emphasis is on practical approaches to each subject together with ethics, ecology, training in individual thinking and communication skills.


The second part is Eco Moyo Farm which will be based on Permaculture Principals for the cultivation of food crops, timber and animal husbandry. The goal is to meet the consumption needs of students and staff, while functioning as a demonstration site for locals and visitors. Eco Moyo have asked The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, AHO to design and build two classrooms on their new site. The Scarcity and Creativity Studio  (SCS) spent 5 weeks in Eco Moyo building two classrooms for 20 students each, with adjoining pergolas which shade outdoor teaching areas.

Classrooms Floor Plans
Classrooms Floor Plans

Materials used were coral stone blocks rendered with 1:12 parts cement and local earth. To the back of each classroom a ‘light wall’, which is built of planed softwood, allows for ventilation and the controlled penetration of natural light. The roof trusses are built with softwood and covered with corrugated metal sheets. The roofs drain all rain water into two large  water tanks to the back. A fabric ceiling (not yet installed) hung under the trusses will stop radiation from the metal roof sheets from reaching the occupants.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Eco Moyo Education Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio" 17 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884