Following an earthquake in northern Thailand that destroyed 73 schools, the Baan Nong Bua school, designed and built as part of a post-disaster recovery program, seizes the opportunity to provide a modern new school that responds beautifully to the local culture and climate of the region. Architect Jun Sekino thinks through the challenges of low cost / quick-to-build earthquake-resistant design while not sacrificing the possibility of creating inspired learning environments that are so needed in developing communities.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is small schools. Four classrooms for children aged 5 to 10 are connected together with a wrapping veranda to create an intimate school atmosphere that is spatially interwoven into the surrounding village.
The covered outdoor spaces act as a front porch that also provide a communal area for informal instructional activity and play, which then spills out onto a small schoolyard set among neighboring houses.
An elegant system of materials available locally provides a practical kit of parts that can be assembled by the local community, Large roof overhangs float above the classrooms, giving protection from direct sunlight and rain while also creating pleasing interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces that are well daylit and naturally ventilated.