Village-type solution for children: Canuanã boarding school in Brazil
This resulted in use of local construction techniques and materials (such as solid and perforated clay brickwork walls). The continual dialogue with teachers and students led to an organisation of space involving two larger villages, one for male and the other for female students. Both residences are set at the edges of the site and look out onto the adjacent farming land.
Individually the residences are divided into 45 dormitories for six children each and grouped around three large courtyards. Interaction areas such as balconies, places for reading and hammock rooms are located above the sleeping blocks. An elegant metal roof installed above the lightweight wood structure creates an intermediary space between inside and out, creating the effect of a large veranda and letting the gaze wander over the landscape.