Madonna's Malawi school on-site
New images of the planned Raising Malawi Academy for Girls have been unveiled. The project is is currently on-site and will become a campus for 450 pupils when it is completed in two years' time, BDonline reports.
The design comes from studio MDA, a New York practice founded by Markus Dochantschi, a former Zaha Hadid Architects partner, and aims to use locally sourced materials such as hyrdaform bricks made from soil on site.
The project includes the use of double roofs designed to catch the wind and provide natural ventilation. The use of photovoltaic panels on the roofing will help the buildings to be energy independent.
Large overhangs on the roofs will create outdoor shaded spaces, preventing direct sunlight from heating up the interior of the building at the same time.
British engineer Adams Kara Taylor is also working on the scheme along with the New York office of Arup.
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