Participants will be challenged to design a school, and the focus should be on the experience of the students and the teachers alike. The KenCada educational approach focuses largely on the facilitation of experiential and play-based learning by its students, as well as the development of a collaborative and open environment for its teachers. KenCada rejects the traditional method of linear teaching with the instructor as the sole source of knowledge, favouring a student centered approach.
KenCada intends to expand its cohort to an initial number of 236 students. Government regulations stipulate that every learning space for a class should have at least 0.5 m2 per student. The minimum number of students in each grade will follow the following matrix:
Baby Class Level 1
Baby Class Level 2
The Baby and KG Classes are required to be spatially divided or separated from the Standard Classes, due to age and maturity differences.
- A minimum of 12 learning spaces to accomodate 236 students and 11 teachers, in total. Learning spaces should be compatible with educational technology.
- Common space for learning and assemblies. Library commons and distribution shelf / computer stations.
- Maker spaces to be considered for storytelling, ideation, fabrication, computational, woodworking, and more.
- Prayer rooms
- Administrative offices for Head Teacher and Secretary
- Conference room
- Staff resource room
- Multiple washrooms, 8 stalls required
- Security room
- Outdoor or rooftop play area with equipment.
- Cooking kitchen building with storage that is separate from the main school building.
- Communal eating area with partially covered roof for 60 students.
- Security is vital. Compound should be walled with guard and guarded entrance.
- Garden, living walls, and/or swimming pool
Solutions should address the typical weather conditions of Mombasa. Floodwater flow and rainwater collection should be managed in the design. Weatherproofing of the structure is necessary. An independent solar power source to minimize disruptions to the learning of the KenCada students should be included.
The site has potential to build up to 3 stories to maximize students and small land space.
Utilizing local materials and creating involvement within the community.
ACTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Learning spaces should be able to be reconfigured to various teaching styles and student needs. Flexibility is key.
The design must celebrate and reflect the Kenyan culture, a balance of modernity and tradition.
NATURAL LIGHTING + VENTILATION
Cooling passive ventilation and access to natural light within the interior is desired.
A design that could be adapted easily to different site conditions and varying programs. With consideration to growth over time.
Practicality and innovation with consideration to a modest budget.
Mombasa, Mombasa County, Kenya
Mombasa is the second-biggest city in Kenya, located on the Swahili Coast. It is a major cultural hub and the only large seaport in Kenya. The residents of Mombasa were traditionally traders and skilled craftsmen who settled in this historical trading centre on the Indian Ocean.
Mombasa has a tropical wet and dry climate. The wet season in June to August brings tremendous amounts of rain and winds from the southeast. Schools often close due to flooding during this time, and power outages are frequent. The warm and dry season from December to February sees high temperatures of 28-32 degrees Celsius, and winds from the northeast.
Bamburi, North of Mombasa, Kenya
Site dimensions: 150m x 100m
Maximum number of storeys: 3
The site will be located in an urban sprawl area of Bamburi, north of Mombasa, near some residential homes already built. The neighbourhood is a largely upper middle class area. The site is a topographically flat field. Small scrub vegetation can be found in abundance, but no trees are located on site. Dirt roads currently lead to this area of Mombasa, and no services are provided, but infrastructure may be improved in the future.
There are no AutoCAD files available for a specific site plan. Participants should consult the PDF document below for a map of the site location and relevant site photos.
March 1st, 2017, 23:59 EAT
March 15th, 2017, 23:59 EAT
March 15th-31st, 2017
LOCAL | KENYA
REGIONAL | AFRICA
INTERNATIONAL | GLOBAL
Please note that this is an ideas competition - as such, no working contract will be guaranteed following the selection of the winner.
Criteria for judging of submissions will include:
- Innovation and Creativity in the design solution.
- Celebration of the local Kenyan context.
- Demonstration of the core values through design.
- Successful response to the design guidelines and submission requirements.
All submissions will be judged anonymously.