Phase one of this 35,000 sf private secondary school was completed in September, 2006. Day-lighting throughout the building was a design driver. The north face of the gymnasium is completely glazed to provide natural illumination without solar glare. Strip skylights bring daylight into corridors and sunlight into northern classrooms.
Phase two of this project consisted of a 9000 sf addition, completed in 2008. The addition is a detached building facing south towards the glazed north wall of the phase-one gymnasium. It includes 7 classrooms, a 2-storey atrium, and office space. Sun protection is provided by fixed shading devices similar to the ones used for the Summerland RCMP detachment.
With KMBR Architects, Vancouver
yangri academic centre
Shocked by the devastating 2015 earthquakes, the charity "Himalayan Life" decided to expand their activities beyond working with street children and began participating in reconstruction. Similar to our work in Romania, the Yangri Academic Center project involves the introduction of wood as a primary structural material, better suited for seismic resistance than the vernacular building method. In Yangri this was dry stone masonry.
The construction of a building for the repaired micro hydro-electric plant served to demonstrate the new material and technique, and construction continues on the recently-opened Yangri Academic Center.
As the project progresses, we are happy to see the people of Yangri building their own school and houses, and we hear that some villagers are returning now from Kathmandhu. Instead of finding poverty, crime and pollution in the metropolis, we hope regional culture can be rebuilt alongside sustinable timber harvest + construction techniques. Most importantly, we hope Himlayan Life helps ensure the maintainance of long-standing agricultural practices in the area. Through local craftsmanship and material use, we hope to avert a pattern of cultural homogenization that we see around the world.
At 7.3 and 7.8 on the Richter scale, the 2015 quakes were not extreme by historic standards. Still houses built of dry stone masonry turned to rubble almost instantly, killing many. The shacks in this image were built from corrugated roofing salvaged or brought in by mostly Chinese aid, represented by the blue tent in the background.
Himalayan life, a Swiss-Canadian NGO, had established diverse projects for street children, including a recycling plant in Pokhara, but following the 2015 earthquake, they began contributing to reconstruction. With the successful construction of a timber power house, and with Yangri’s micro-power plant back on line, HL began an ambitious project to construct the Yangri Academic Center. The carpenter’s encampment at Yangri is seen here.
With plentiful timber at higher elevations (above 2400m), ductile wood framing techniques may suit this region well. We designed a system of steel rods and "knuckles" to brace the structure allowing deformation and absorption of quake forces. The region’s traditional stonework is of high quality and, with reinforcement, may be used for retaining walls and parts of foundations.
Fast + Epp Structural Engineers made recommendations for site-built glulams. The appropriate glue was sourced in Kathmandu, and joint details and laminating methods practiced.
The classroom blocks are single-story structures with glazed south facades, letting in the winter sunlight. Classroom pods are broken by covered patios, providing space for outdoor activity during the monsoon.
The first three of eight buildings planned were completed for the April 2018 opening of Yangri Academic Center, and construction continues on site.
kindergarten romanesti (under construction)
To respond to rapidly increasing enrollment in the existing school, this master plan establishes location and massing for a church, a new secondary school and a kindergarten on property across the street. EOH has planned kindergarten construction as phase one.
Lana, BZ, Italy
This expressive building configuration arose as a direct response to strict functional requirements and a tight site. We used these demands to create an ambience that recognizes the children's interest in sunlight, play and fantasy. Posts, balconies and pergolas have been known to turn into masts, yardarms and bowsprits of pirate vessels. Completed in 2004, its construction cost was 3 million Euros.
Florian Maurer Architect with Dr. Arch. Heinrich Zoeschg
this 4500 m2 K-12 private school was built by ethos open hands in 2010 for a total construction cost of 2.5 million euros. The building is located in the vicinity of the social housing development also completed by ethos open hands.