C O L L A G E, Senegal
(Competition Entry, October 2017)
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” - Confucius.
It’s one thing to be taught a concept in a classroom, and another thing entirely to learn a lesson by first-hand experience. In the same way, the Arts centre in Diakounda village has an opportunity to up-skill students not only in the classroom, but during construction.
With assistance from local labourers, students engage in the construction of the ‘collage’ classroom + workshop by progressing sequentially from rudimentary construction concepts to more complex artisanal techniques. The material outcome is much like a collage, and is variable with each iteration.
In operation, the building encourages ‘learning by doing’ by creating a strong relationship between classroom and workshop, beneath a shared roof structure and informal courtyard space.
The roof is built first, which provides shelter as the two buildings are built. When the classroom is completed, the site of the workshop becomes a sheltered multi-use area. A partly sunken courtyard links classroom and workshop, acting as an informal learning space and passage.
Cost savings are also made by allowing students to participate in the construction. The buildings total cost is estimated at $19,315.00 - For both a classroom & workshop, each with a capacity of 30 persons minimum.