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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Secondary school in Gando with passive ventilation system in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso by Francis Kere Architecture (designed with AutoCAD and Rhino)

April 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francis Kere Architecture

This school project in one of the world’s poorest countries aims to provide further education to the inhabitants of a rural area. Gando, with a population of 3000, has no secondary education facilities and lies on the southern plains of Burkina Faso, some 200km from the capital Ouagadougou. Diverse design aspects of the project consider the challenging weather conditions where summer temperatures peak at 40°C.


  • Architect: Francis Kere Architecture
  • Name of Project: Secondary school in Gando with passive ventilation system
  • Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino

The natural ventilation cooling effect is enhanced by routing air through underground tubes, planting vegetation, and the use of double-skin roofs and façades to achieve a 5°C thermal reduction. The enhanced indoor comfort and conditions are far more conducive to education.


Energy consumption during construction and operation is reduced to a minimum using only the sun and wind. The collection of scarce rainwater is integrated into the planting concept and is used to irrigate newly-planted trees that are intended to help consolidate previously exploited vegetation. Completed projects including an elementary school and library contributed to the evolving research and development process concerning design concepts, technologies and materials.

Court yard

Back yard

Construction site

Construction site

Construction site

Climate concept

Terracing and seating

Wall elements





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