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ar2com | Scarab School

Architecture ar2com | Scarab School

Direct communication between human beings beyond cultures and nations is an important task in building a social environment. The right for education is part of the human rights bill.

Vernacular buildings help us survive because we need local identity.

The Scarab School in the desert combines two traditions: the local one of the city of Timbuktu which is adobe and the moving one of the Tuareg nomads from the Southern Sahara which is the tent. This combination of the two cultures is simple and real and that is the innovation: two vernacular ways of construction in one to solve their problems.

The problem with earthen architecture is the destruction rain – now protected by the tent.

The problem of the tent is that the climate inside throughout the day changes immediately with the outside climate. Adobe has the slowest heat transition. That means it stays cold in the morning and gives back heat at night.

The translation of the holy beetle into architecture helped the children identify with their school. The body is the immobile architecture, the ‘adobe’, and the wings are made of the black tent, the traditional architecture of the nomads. The food ball is a workshop where the mothers teach the children their traditional crafts with wood, leather and soft metal.

Location: Desert north of Timbuktu, Mali
Designer: Jula-Kim Sieber
Architecture firm: ar2com / kommunikative architektur aus darmstadt /
Funding: AmiMali e.V.

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