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A school for Tanzania
The project looks towards indigenous architecture to develop traditional building methods and materials, making this design process replicable and indebted to a search for ‘Africanness’ in space. The repeating fractal geometry captured and embedded within the latticed brick walls, for instance, is an acknowledgement of the ever-permeating fractal design found within braided hairstyles to housing settlements in Africa. Aside from a means of enclosure, the design on the façade also provides much-needed ventilation and lighting for the building. This design of the school is also a design for domesticity, where the space bears immediate references to the equivalent structures of normal life in the local residential environment. By appearing domestic, as opposed to institutional, a normalised, welcoming, and familiar environment is produced, that can help calm children and better support their needs.