PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Vanuatu school is a new double classroom building that is being designed using local materials while meeting appropriate construction standards. Design emanates from consultation with stakeholders and communities and will include a structure that is cyclone and earthquake resistant. This framework gives communities the opportunity to customize their classroom buildings making use of local materials and skills. This project will also assist with post disaster recovery as communities will be better equipped to repair buildings rather than waiting for centralized assistance. At Takara on the main island of Efate, an example building was constructed. The design was tested and refined, incorporating lessons from community builders. The project uses local timber, natangkura (leaf) roofing and woven bamboo window hatches. Due to the high proportion of local materials in construction, the building costs 50% less than the current, standard concrete classroom.
CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Rural STATUS: Completed
BY: Kaunitz Yeung Architecture