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For architects, schools are often very interesting challenges. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. This competition seeks designs for a brand-new school for 400 students that will be built in Kafountine, Senegal.

One of Kakolum’s main goals is being sustainable and environmentally conscious, and they want this new school to respect that too. For that reason, it will be very important to use local materials and easy-to-learn construction techniques. This is a chance to bring this community a cheap building method they can use not only in this school but also in future constructions. 

Also, this school can prove that earth construction can be highly beneficial. It is a fireproof material, durable yet biodegradable, non-toxic, and a material that provides sufficient thermal mass to buildings to ensure great thermal performance. It has low sound transmission levels through walls and a general feeling of solidity and security.

The school will have 10 classrooms, 1 multipurpose space, 2 offices, bathrooms, a covered courtyard and an open courtyard.

Submission Requirements

Participants must submit two A1 format boards (594 x 841 mm) oriented either landscape or portrait with the registration number in the lower right corner. The content of the boards is open, as long as the idea that the participants want to communicate is clearly expressed. However, it is important to detail the proposal with the materials and constructive systems. The boards must be delivered in JPEG or JPG format and the file name must be the registration number provided.

In addition, one description of the project no longer than 400 words must be submitted. An approximate budget for the building has to be included in this document and doesn’t count in the 400 words. It must be submitted in PDF format and the file name must be the registration number provided.

Eligibility

Any architecture student or professional architect can participate, regardless of their nationality. Likewise, people from other disciplines can also participate, such as engineers, philosophers, sociologists, photographers, etc. It is not necessary to have an architect on the team, although it is recommended.

Teams may be formed by a maximum of four members and a minimum of one. All team members must be 18 years of age or older. The registration fee must be paid per team, regardless of the number of members (1-4 people).

If a team or participant wants to participate with more than one proposal, it will be necessary to register twice (or as many times as proposals will be submitted).

Awards

  • 1st Prize: 6000 € + project construction
  • 2nd Prize: 2,000 €
  • 3rd Prize: 1,000 €
  • Special Honourable Mention x2: 500 €
  • 10 Honourable Mentions

In addition, the winning projects and finalists will be published in magazines, blogs or architecture web pages, social networks and the Archstorming website. A digital certificate of participation will be given to all contestants.


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