Modular School Narrative / by Sean Payne

Project Brief

The project brief focused on local villages near Kolwezi located 200KM from Lubumbashi. The proposal demanded a future plan which incorporated well-designed classrooms, flexibility and the prospect of future growth.

3bd Architects were asked to provide full architectural services from concept through to detailed design, site inspections and a sustainable future vision for local communities.

Site 1: Google Earth Satellite Plan

Site 1: Google Earth Satellite Plan

Site 2 Google Earth Satellite Plan

Site 2 Google Earth Satellite Plan


Concept Design

L’ecole Puzzle is a vision for the next 15 years. A place not only for learning, but learning, growing and playing. As part of a permaculture strategy combining schools for up to 300 children, the vision displays the possibility for vast vegetation areas, growing spaces and a market in order to support the operation of the school. 

5 year plan Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

5 year plan
Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

PHASE 1:

primary school (150 students with 1 teacher per 50 children, teachers offices, first aid room and stores and toilets for students and staff) 

10 year plan Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

10 year plan
Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

PHASE 2:

Primary / secondary school (150 students to include teachers offices, IT room/server, library, school hall, stores and toilets for students and staff) 

15 year plan Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

15 year plan
Axonometric sketch of Modular School Concept

PHASE 3:

Additional facilities (library, clinic, offices, meeting rooms, community hall and cafeteria) - Please refer to Feasibility Study Document

Concept + Forumla

Ordinary school sketch formula

Ordinary school sketch formula

L’école ordinaire/Ordinary School   Heat - The solar heat for a normal school building often creates uncomfortable temperatures inside. Ventilation - Air circulation is limited due to limited window openings Construction - Construction quality can be poor causing a shortened lifespan of the building

L’école ordinaire/Ordinary School

Heat - The solar heat for a normal school building often creates uncomfortable temperatures inside.
Ventilation - Air circulation is limited due to limited window openings
Construction - Construction quality can be poor causing a shortened lifespan of the building

L'ecole puzzle school sketch

L'ecole puzzle school sketch

L’école Puzzle/Puzzle School   Heat - The roof is raised from the building preventing classrooms from overheating Ventilation - This allows openings at the top of the walls for hot air to escape Construction - Construction remains simple and efficient while ensuring a longer building life

L’école Puzzle/Puzzle School

Heat - The roof is raised from the building preventing classrooms from overheating
Ventilation - This allows openings at the top of the walls for hot air to escape
Construction - Construction remains simple and efficient while ensuring a longer building life

Each modular puzzle pod consists of a simple but effective design to ensure a comfortable learning environment while displaying local craftsmanship, using earth bricks, weaved / timber shutters and sitting roof areas for ventilation.

Materials - Concrete, local brick, grey glass and colour (shutters) 

Planting - adds value to the facility. Internal and external planting can make a positive impact by reducing pollution, noise levels and energy usage. Plants also increases productivity whilst acting as rainwater buffers. 

Solar shading - reduces the amount of energy required for heating or cooling by keeping the excessive heat of the sun out and avoiding overheating. In addition, it also cuts the amount of energy required for lighting, by optimizing the admittance of more free, natural daylight. 

Construction + Environmental

Modular School Formula Construction Sketch

Modular School Formula Construction Sketch

Modular School Formula Ventilation Sketch

Modular School Formula Ventilation Sketch

Modular School Formula Rainwater Sketch

Modular School Formula Rainwater Sketch

The construction is made up of 5 simple elements which emphasises local craftsmanship with local clay bricks, colourfully weaved window shutters and permeations for light.

The design promotes a conscious and inclusive approach to the environment, this approach firstly considers the comfort inside and out the building with regards to ventilation, shading and rainfall. Secondly, the strategy considers the longterm wellbeing of the students and local community, allowing for expanded growth of food produce and vegetation which can be used in a local market area.

The extension and future modification of the schools are also a unique feature of the design, allowing areas to be sheltered and garden areas to be fenced as the area continue to grow. 


Planning Design

Planning Level information - Proposed perspective view of the Modular School entrance

Planning Level information - Proposed perspective view of the Modular School entrance

Planning Level information - Proposed corridor view of the Modular School entrance

Planning Level information - Proposed corridor view of the Modular School entrance


Photographs of 1:200 Physical Wood Model

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