Nativity Secondary School. Tabora. Tanzania. (2016)
The landscape where we will build the school is a horizontal landscape of the savannah. There are no tall treetops or large geographic features. The territory is horizontal. And the architecture of the new school also it is. They are buildings glued to the ground, which extend horizontally, hidden in the low savannah thicket. Thus, the new construction and the landscape will melt into one. Mimesis with the environment is one of the important skills when you come to a place. Our school will be a group of buildings that will touch the ground, of low height, and will extend by the savannah camouflaged with its ocher color.
Photograph on the site plot
The plot and the Savanna landscape
Itaga mission is 12 kilometres north of Tabora town, in Tanzania. The mission serves 32 villages. The population of the area is 20,000. The main economic activity of the people in this area is small scale farming and animal keeping. In every village we serve there is at least a primary school. Most of the inhabitants of this area engage in small scale farming. The area also has Public Secondary Schools. Most of them are day based schools; that is students stay at their homes and go to school at daily routine. This makes them have poor performance in academics. Due to this and other reasons stated in number three, the Archdiocese of Tabora came up with an idea of founding a boarding school.The school will be located in Makenenya estate in Itaga village.
The school will be a boarding school which at the beginning is expected to accommodate 100 students. The school is expected to serve 60 villages from Itaga Parish and Kashishi quasi Parish. Yet, this does not rule out the possibility of getting some students from other nearby areas. As stated above at the beginning the school will have 100 students after four years it is expected to have 400 students.
Plan of uses.
The buildings are organized as a fan, following the sun’s course from sunrise to sunset, like a bird that opens its wings to take advantage of the force of the wind. The fan shape takes advantage of the forces of nature and adapts itself to the slight orography of the savanna landscape.
If the buildings flow towards the landscape in all directions towards the west, in the opposite direction they are directed toward a single point to the east. The Agora. The agora will be the heart of the school, center of culture and social life, for everything flows into the agora as a river directs its course towards the ocean.
The buildings are a large shade that will protect from the strong radiation of the savannah. A horizontal and wide shadow, like African acacias. In this shadow lie the rooms, the classrooms, the dining room, the offices and the auditorium.
The rooms have a double space. A night space and a day space. The night space is in contact with the ground, sheltered and quiet. The day space is in contact with the horizon.
Plot and block skeche. Linear growing structure. Sun, water and nature.