Straw Bale School
The project is a design proposal for a secondary school located in Malawi and 30 kilometers west of the Ntchisi Forest Reserve. The design responds to the brief focused on modularity, incremental expansion, deployment and sustainable technologies. A modular "ladder" component is deployed to create a structural system that houses the pedagogical intent of the school. The "ladder" component is incrementally arrayed along a path to explore inside-outside relations where learning environments are concerned. The angle defining the ladder has been determined to explore both horizontal and vertical conditions. The "horizontal" condition explores out of the classroom learning activities including spaces for amphitheaters, outdoor workshops and passive recreational activities.