Pre-Fab School Travels With Its Displaced Students [Pics]
Modular school solutions for communities displaced by conflict.
California architects Arnadeo Bennetta and Dan LaRossa designed a flat-packed school for children in SouthEast Asia. As the winners of the design competition, Moving school project, hosted by Building Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide advice and eduction on sustainable principles of architecture, their design for a self-assembly educational facility became a reality for the less privileged communities in Thailand and Burma.
Using a mixture of environmentally friendly materials and structural steel, the school will be a comfortable arrangement for kids to further their education. Once assembled, the school is raised a few feet from the ground to minimize flooding, and covered with a white, waterproof fabric and bamboo panels. The panels were included to provide the maximum amount of natural lighting, while still offering a good amount of privacy. Instead of having tradtional doors, sliding bamboo ones were introduced to minimize the amount of required space.