Ghana. A school built by hand with (only) 12,000 euros

Andrea Tabocchini and Francesca Vittorini arranged a workshop with international volunteers and the local community to build a wooden and earth school.

Andrea Tabocchini e Francesca Vittorini, Scuola InsideOut, Yeboahkrom, Ghana, 2017

InsideOut is a school prototype built in Yeboahkrom, a rural village in Ghana where the wind had destroyed the only school of the area. This non-profit project, designed by Andrea Tabocchini & Francesca Vittorini, was constructed in 60 days with just 12 000 euro, together with the local population and volunteers from 20 different countries. Since no electricity was available it was built by hand, crafting materials available on site (earth, wood and vegetation), moving by hand 58 000 kg of soil and planing 3km of wood with 2 hand planers.

The lack of resources and the site limitations become the opportunity to propose a sustainable design that merges architecture and landscape: the staggered walls of the classrooms are built by compacting the local earth, a light wooden structure lifts the roof up, allowing zenithal light into the building, and generates a natural ventilation of the spaces, while the vegetation of the garden becomes the continuation of the porches, increasing the shaded spaces to study outdoor. The result is a work that blurs the boundary between inside and outside, offering an alternative to standard introverted classrooms and proposing an affordable and easily replicable design that values the local know-how and pushes its limits.

Fig.20 Andrea Tabocchini and Francesca Vittorini, InsideOut School, Yeboahkrom, Ghana, 2017
Andrea Tabocchini and Francesca Vittorini, InsideOut School, Yeboahkrom, Ghana, 2017
Scuola InsideOut
Yeboahkrom, Ghana
Andrea Tabocchini and Francesca Vittorini
Adrian Aranda, Ali Abidi, Alessia Bernini, Anastasia Nechalioti, Aryan Vanaki, Austin Wyeth, Beatriz Villapecellin, Caterina Rogani, Elliot Rawlinson, Emma Barrett, Jaakko Torvinen, Katharina Kohlroser, Laura Conti, Luis Rubio, Marco Pappalardo, Margherità Memè, Miia Suomela, Nadia Avezzano, Nikolaos Nikolis, Paulius Kliucininkas, Pin Chih Liao, Po-Min Kung, Riccardo Guerri, Richard Migisha, Sara Signori, Shih-Kai Lin, Simone Argentesi, Sofia Toni, Tarindu Baggya Millawage, Timothy Kölle, Urszula Bajcer
Local workers:
Abass Moahmmed, Abubakar Moahmmed, Afirifah Kwame, Anor Kwaku, Anthony Gbadagao, Anthony Visa, Edward Ampomah, Edward Boadu Twum, Eric Agyeman, Johnson Yeboah, Nimo Collins

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