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The Mwabwindo School / Selldorf Architects

The Mwabwindo School / Selldorf Architects

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  • Principal In Charge:Annabelle Selldorf
  • Partner In Charge:Sara Lopergolo
  • Project Managers:Oliver Link, John Spencer
  • Project Architect:David Bench
  • Project Team:Michael Baskett, Laura Bown, Ger Brennen, Jonathan Chesley, Dionisio Cortes-Ortega, Jeanie Fan, Sondra Fein, Mary Hohlt, James Jarzyniecki, Jaehyun Lee, Kristine Makwinski, Jonathan Pohl, Zachary Rousou, Cillian Sheehan, Molly White
  • Director Of Design And Construction:Fabian Bedolla
  • Clients:14+ Foundation
  • Country:Zambia
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Text description provided by the architects. The Mwabwindo School serves primary students in southern Zambia, located in a rural area where travel distance to school is one of the biggest impediments to quality education. This is the second school in the region developed by the 14+ Foundation, a non-profit committed to increasing education accessibility for rural African communities. 

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The building’s design is inspired by the tall, singular trees on the surrounding savanna that serve as gathering spaces shaded from the sun of the Central African Plateau. A large, corrugated metal roof canopy covers a village of compressed earth brick classrooms arranged around courtyards and an internal street. In addition to the school for 200 students, the program includes a building that provides housing for eight teachers, a community vegetable garden and playing fields.

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A covered assembly space is left open to the local road, marking the entrance and welcoming students. In addition to serving as the school lunch hall it is a resource for local civic gatherings.

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The steel structure and roof were assembled on-site by skilled labor and were constructed first, allowing the building process to continue during the three-month rainy system. Compressed earth brick classrooms are comprised of handmade bricks which were fabricated on-site and constructed by local masons to provide employment and training opportunity in the area. Throughout this net-zero project, rainwater is collected for use in the community gardens, solar panels provide energy for the school and teachers’ housing, and a windmill pumps well water to the facilities. 

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The Mwabwindo School provides an inspired place for learning, promotes sustainable resource use, and acts as an economic engine in southern Zambia.

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Cite: "The Mwabwindo School / Selldorf Architects" 25 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/936240/the-mwabwindo-school-selldorf-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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