Competition, Dillu and Hiddi Ethiopia.
The design concept is to organise the accommodation into a series of individual buildings that are connected via a covered walkway. The spaces between the buildings offer various types of outdoor rooms that extend the teaching space into the outdoors. The configuration of buildings is reminiscent of the homesteads in the vicinity and talks about pre-colonial African vernacular systems of organisation that are organic and allow growth and flexibility.
The curved walls, deep reveals and textures of reflective roof sheeting, timber lathes as ceilings and brick patterning all contribute to a rural -contemporary tactility of space. Built-in seating around the structures and various gathering options makes for immersive and playful space.