Location: Rudrapur, Bangladesh (South Asia) Architect: Anna Heringer, Eike Roswag Client: Dipshikha Non-formal Education, Training and Research Society for Village Development Completed: 2005 To download the resources below, you can click on the links or right-click and select 'Save target as': School in Rudrapur Project Brief
This village school adapts the traditional materials of earth and bamboo to make them more durable. In terms of the earth construction, the most important technical advances were introducing a damp-proof course, adding a brick foundation and mixing straw into the loam. The potential of bamboo construction is demonstrated by the ceiling (a layering of bamboo sticks, bamboo boards and earth) and the first-floor walls and roof (a frame construction consisting of beams - four layers of joined bamboo sticks - and vertical and diagonal poles). The project was hand-built by local craftsmen, pupils and teachers working in collaboration with European volunteers.
The site is near Dinajpur, in the northwest of the country close to Indian border. The school is in the village of Rudrapur.
The lower portion of the school consists of rammed straw-reinforced mud walls finished with battered mud; the upper floor is a framed bamboo construction with slatted bamboo for walls, windows and doors.