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Foster unveils Sierra Leone school design

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Foster + Partners has revealed designs for a new school in Sierra Leone, West Africa

Working with the construction charity Article 25, Save the Children and Buro Happold, the firm has designed a series of flexible buildings with large classrooms, effective ventilation and natural light.

The practice claims the modular system can be easily assembled using locally sourced bush-sticks, standard-sized timber planks, and generic modules of sheet metal which can be easily reconfigured to meet different demands of the communities in Sierra Leone.

The design is being jointly funded by Foster + Partners, Article 25 and Buro Happold, and construction will be financed by the Foster family.

Norman Foster said: ‘The project to design a school for Sierra Leone has been both an exciting design challenge, as well as an ambitious undertaking to help improve education in one of the world’s poorest countries. Our approach seeks to achieve the most with the least, using indigenous techniques and materials to create a prototype for a modern, flexible school building that is uplifting and inspiring to use.’

A model of the scheme will be on display at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London which runs from 8 June to 16 August.


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  • I thoroughly recommend that all the readers of this article check out the brilliant work of Article 25 and the work they are doing in the world. Having attended a series of seminars by A25 I can say that the work they are doing is admirable and that anyone with spare time should use there skills wisely and donate them to the charity.

    Check out their webiste here: http://www.article-25.org/

    Check out my review of their seminars here:

    It is great to see Foster and Buro Happold donating their skills. More starchitects and engineers should follow suit.

    Over to you Zaha! How about a project for Architecture for Hummanity?

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