Location: Tunis, Tunisia (North Africa) Architect: Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina de Tunis / Samir Hamaici, Denis Lesage Client: Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Ministry of Housing Completed: 1986 Site size: 1'354 m²
Conceived as an alternative to standard school design in Tunis, this building, carefully related to its context, came about through the efforts of a local citizens' group. The school is located in a very dense sector of the Tunis medina. Erected on a site left vacant since its housing was demolished in the 1960's, the entrance façade faces a public park. This façade is symmetrical about the park's principal axis. Its wing is one storey higher than the rest of the school to bring it into the scale of neighbouring structures and accommodate the headmaster's suite.
Children gather in the plaza in front of the school