Local building traditions in Burkino Faso and their strong formal identity were the inspiration of the Sabou’s school architectural language. Its built expression combines the lightness of roof waves with heavy walls of earth and clay. The plan of the building echoes the village’s dense layout, with its different family houses gathered around an inner yard where animals pasture.
The roof is shaped like a folded piece of paper, gliding over the red soiled ground and giving shadow to a variety of rooms. A network of steel trusses supports the thin corrugated iron sheets, while solar panels feed the fans, insuring a good ventilation in the different rooms.
At the heart of the project one finds the circular courtyard which recalls of universal infrastructures of gathering. In its centre, three trees surround the essential water pump.
The school in Burkina Faso was designed for 120 kids aged from 2 to 6 years in the village of Sabou. It contains four classrooms, an office, three sanitary spaces, a large multifunctional room with a kitchen and an outdoor courtyard.