Preschool of Aït Ahmed

Regional crafted new vernacular classroom

The Preschool of Aït Ahmed integrates architectural and landscape design, community dynamics, bioclimatics and a new vernacular style.

In need of educational infrastructure, Goodplanet foundation aims to install a preschool with bioclimatic functioning, as an extension to the existing school building. The preschool itself is pentagonal to open up space outside in relation to rectangular compound walls, and to create round space inside which can support alternative teaching techniques such as round table teaching. The area is known for lime production, as well as natural stone, resulting in the choice for lime mortared stone masonry. The roof is made of lime tadelakt on a base of earth-lime. The interior finishing is made of polished nouss-nouss, a "half-half" of earth and lime to create a breathable interior plaster which diffuses indirect sunlight. The southwest façade has a cavity wall for insulation and a big thermal mass, making the building cool during the day, but warmer through the night until the morning. The northwest to southeast façades have window openings with diagonal reveals to let in a maximum of sunlight. For the building to conform to earthquake norms of Morocco, the addition of concrete columns were placed next to façade openings.

Aït Ahmed Morocco
100 m²
30.000 €
Goodplanet Foundation + Association d'Aït Ahmed
BC architects & studies + Tommaso Bisogno
KULeuven faculty of architecture (Kaushik Keshava Ramanuja, Marie Moens and René de Rijk)