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Kéré Architecture / Burkina Faso SCHOOL LIBRARY, GANDO, BURKINA FASO, 2012 The school library forms the transition between an existing school and its upcoming extension. The library is the only unit built with inspiration from the original architecture of the place, and it therefore differs from the existing school building in its organic form. In this way the new building can house both the traditional tribal style of schooling, where the older pupils teach the younger children, as well as more modern educational methods. The characteristic lighting of the space has been created by embedding earthenware jars produced by the local women in the roof construction so they create a number of circular holes. The holes ensure natural ventilation, and an overlying semi-transparent roof provides shelter from rain and strong sunlight. The facade is in eucalyptus wood, which is usually only used for fuel. The clay pots are normally produced for storage of fruit, which the women sell at the market, but since new storage options have also come to Gando, the pots are no longer as important in that respect. The architect gives the pots a new function and at the same time adds testimony to an original culture to the building. Both the clay-pot roof and the facade are elegant new interpretations of the materials and crafts that characterize Gando – a textbook example of new site-specific architecture. BUILT BY USERS 191


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