Flat pack schools aid refugee children

A number of flat-packed schools have been designed for assembly in Southeast Asia by Californian architects Amadeo Bennetta and Dan LaRossa to help educate displaced children.

The project was the winning entry for a competition launched by non-profit charity Building Trust to design a self-assembly educational facility for migrant and refugee communities on the border of Thailand and Burma.

The buildings are designed to be taken apart and reassembled several times over.

“The concept of the Moving school project is to provide displaced or informally settled communities with safe, well designed spaces that provide the core functions of both school buildings and community hubs,” said Louise Cole, co-founder of Building Trust.

The structure comprises a prefabricated steel frame, which sits elevated from the ground to minimise flooding.

Its steel frame is covered with a white waterproof fabric and clad in locally crafted bamboo panels to allow light to filter inside.

The structure features a mono-pitched roof with a veranda, which is shaded to the front by thin bamboo blinds, which hang off the steel frame.

A gap between the main roof and the secondary roof allows for passive ventilation.

David and Louise Cole co-founded Building Trust in 2010 to support educational and community-based projects in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. For this project they followed the lead of home-assembly furniture specialist Ikea, which previously used its expertise in flat-pack design to redesign refugee shelters.