Simply and economic school – multiple small timber sections

ACE Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 – Finalist

We worked with Orkidstudio to build a flexible hall space that could be used to house three classrooms for the Harold Mwenge Memorial Academy.

The structure was built by Orkidstudio with the help of local volunteers. Therefore, we had to detail the structure with simplicity and economy in mind.

The timber structure is raised off the ground using reinforced concrete stools and pad foundations to protect it from termite attack.

All the timber is locally sourced and we provided practical advice on how to visually grade the timber, to help ensure the structural elements were up to the required standard.

  • Architect: Orkidstudio