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.
French School in Lomé, Togo by Segond-Guyon Architectes
December 23rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Segond-Guyon Architectes
The project includes the construction of an elementary school and the extension of a kindergarten. The aim is to build a contextual architecture, fully merged in its environment.
Pavilion architecture that smoothly fits its surrounding vegetation by limiting the footprint and preserving the existing trees. Moreover, there is no physical barrier thus allowing the view to embrace the entire site. The volumes are made of compressed earth block (CEB), and are covered with light metallic roofs.
The site’s identity is preserved by leaving the existing buildings in place. New constructions are organized around a vegetal playground, following a “U shaped configuration”. Wide outdoor passageways leading to the classrooms protect from rain and sunlight thanks to large roof overhang. The use of local resources and local materials generates a subtle balance of textures that gives the place a unique identity.
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