January 15, 2014 AT 4:18 pm

Children’s Library in Africa Built using an Open-Source Design Template

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This children’s Library in Burundi, Africa was built by BC architects in collaboration with the local community. The architects used an open-source template from OpenStructures.net and sourced local materials like internal earth plaster from a nearby valley and eucalyptus for roof beams, via dezeen:

The Library of Muyinga is the first building of a project to build a new school for deaf children, using local materials and construction techniques, and referencing indigenous building typologies.

“Life happens mostly in this hallway porch: encounters, resting, conversation, waiting,” explained the architects. “It is a truly social space, constitutive for community relations.”

Our work in Africa started within the framework of OpenStructures.net. BC was asked to scale the “Open structures” model to an architectural level. A construction process involving end-users and second-hand economies was conceived. Product life cycles, water resource cycles en energy cycles were connected to this construction process. This OpenStructures architectural model was called Case Study (CS) 1: Katanga, Congo. It was theoretical, and fully research-based. 5 years later, the library of Muyinga in Burundi nears completion…

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