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Gando Primary School Extension

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Two years after the completion of the Gando Primary School, there was still a high demand from children in the region. It quickly became apparent that an extension was badly needed to service the educational needs of these students. With overwhelming support from surrounding villages, the School Extension was built in close conjunction with community members that Francis Kéré had personally trained in modern construction techniques.

As the Primary School was built in close conjunction with Gando community members, the building became an important identifying landmark in the region. Since the material quality and architectural expression of the building became such a strong symbol for the Gando community itself, the new extension was designed with the same principles and methods. Similarly to the Primary School, the School Extension was also built with hand-made compressed stabilized earth blocks. The ventilation strategy of pulling the hot tin roof away from the inner perforated ceiling was also used. Unlike the Primary School, however, the ceiling of the Extension was designed as a singular vault. Rather than leaving reveals between the ceiling surface and beam elements, the monumental vault was constructed with gaps within the weave of the brick pattern of the ceiling. This ‘breathing’ surface draws cool air from the windows into the interior space and allows hot air to escape through the ventilations, all while remaining shaded and protected from damaging rains by the overhanging roof.

The School Extension was completed in 2008 and now supports an additional 120 students. The Gando School Library is currently under construction and is sited directly adjacent to the School Extension.

STATUS: Completed 2008
SITE: Gando / Burkina Faso

SIZE: 560
CLIENT: Gando Village Community / Kéré Foundation e.V. / Hevert Arzneimittel Gmbh und Co Kg 
AWARDS: BSI Swiss Architectural Award 2010 / Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment / Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2009