Khomotso Crèche, Limpopo, South Africa

Project Limpopo is a live project from Nottingham University School of Architecture. Second year students tutored by Alison Davies and John Ramsay designed a new classroom block for a pre-school crèche in rural South Africa built by the students and staff over a four week period in the university Easter holiday. The project was the third and final phase of works on this site carried out by previous cohorts of students; a total of four classrooms, an office, kitchen/dining and toilet facilities have been realised since 2011. The project sought to extend the provision on site with a more flexible learning environment for the 0-5 year olds, exploiting informal geometry and integrating covered outdoor space. Working with limited resources and a tight budget, on-site construction techniques included straw bales, sand bags and recycled glass bottles. The project was delivered in collaboration with South African NGO Education Africa under their ‘Social Architecture’ programme, and local pre-school education provider the Thusanang Trust.

Completed 2014.

Client
Education Africa and The Thusanang Trust

Architect
Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham

Value
Pro Bono

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