213 LEVS Architecten / The Netherlands PRIMARY SCHOOL TANOUAN IBI, DOGON PLATEAU, MALI, 2013 The Tanouan Ibi School is built of bricks made of clay from the soil at the spot. As with many other new site-specific buildings this means that the construction of the school has been both economically and environmentally sustainable. Material transportation costs have been cut out and with the use of clay from the surroundings in a way it becomes an element of the local ecosystem. The use of the local materials makes the building resistant to both the strong sunlight and the heavy rainfall. Visually the school is an extension of the traditional Dogon architecture, which is characterized by becoming almost one with the landscape. The atmosphere of the building is created by the small details such as the ‘concertinas’ that form the vaulting of the external gallery or the water spouts on the roof. The water spouts are local hand-made earthenware pipes that ensure natural ventilation and daylight indoors and can be closed off during heavy rain fall. The school follows the local tradition of multi-use spaces and thus functions both as a school for children and an evening school for women. The gallery with benches serves as a shady place where the elderly of the village can sit.
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