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Monday28 July 2014

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Madonna's Malawi school on-site

the Academy for Girls in Malawi
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New images of a planned school in Africa being funded by Madonna have been unveiled.

The pop star is bankrolling the Academy for Girls in Malawi – the African country which her adopted son David hails from – which is currently on-site and will become a campus for 450 pupils when it is completed in two years’ time.


Credit: Adams Kara Taylor/Studio MDA

New York practice Studio MDA, which was founded by former Zaha Hadid Architects partner Markus Dochantschi, is behind the design which aims to use locally sourced materials such as hyrdaform bricks made from soil on site.


Credit: Adams Kara Taylor/Studio MDA

Double roofs are designed to catch the wind to provide natural ventilation while photovoltaic panels on the roof of the buildings will help the school be energy independent.

In addition, large overhangs on the roofs create outdoor shaded space and prevent direct light from heating up the interior of the building.

British engineer Adams Kara Taylor is also working on the scheme along with the New York office of Arup.


Credit: Adams Kara Taylor/Studio MDA

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  • Wow, amazing, this is exciting!!

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  • FYI, the landscape architect working on the storm drainage and other essential elements in the plan for this school has been omitted from mention. It is dland studio in Brookly, NY.

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  • What a beautiful project, and appropriate design!

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  • excellent design. i hope it fits in with the weather in malawi, especially rain and winds

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  • Nice design, but I hope the design has taken into account of noise pollution. This site is very close to the main Malawi airport.

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