Primary School - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Aga Khan Development Network

Primary School

Primary School

Location: Gando, Burkina Faso (West Africa)
Architect: Francis Diebedo Kéré
Client: Community of Gando Village
Completed: 2001
Site size: 30'000 m²

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Primary School Project Brief

A primary school built cooperatively by a whole village community. Its clay walls are topped with a double roof structure of adobe and tin that blocks the heat of the sun, making the inside up to six degrees cooler than it would be with tin alone. Inspired by this model, two neighbouring villages now have their own new schools, built entirely with their own labour and funded by community members living away from home.

2004 Award Recipients