A 10-acre masterplan places learning at the heart to interweave diverse indoor and outdoor spaces in service of an eco-friendly school campus in rural Uganda.
Since 2010, Mustard Seed Academy has grown to be one of the top primary programs in its district in Uganda, evidenced by a second place finish in a district- wide competition for overall school quality against 30 other schools. This outcome was achieved despite the fact that MSA classes were housed largely in crude temporary buildings on leased land and receives the majority of its funding from outside donors.
The design project that eMi-UK completed in 2013 will help stabilise and multiply their success as MSA look to expand their work to a fully functioning nursery, primary and secondary school, that shares its facility with the local community. In February 2013, 11 architects, engineers and surveyors carried out a survey, and produced a master plan, schematic drawings for the phase 1 classroom building, water and wastewater system analysis and planning, and electrical power options for this site, as well as evaluating potential for biogas production at the site.
The campus master plan is designed to bring together the different facets of the MSA vision – conservation, education, health and sustainable development - into a unified whole that makes the most of the overlapping needs of each of the activities on the site.
The design response is to place learning at the heart of everything, creating a landscape of buildings and outdoor spaces that support each other in drawing activities and students out of the formal classroom setting and into smaller group work spaces. The Master Plan interweaves care, learning, living, play, and work to make a campus with a strong sense of place that can be enjoyed safely and sustainably by all.
A learning resource centre that collects together specialist shared resources sits at the heart of each school (one at the Primary and one at the Secondary school), with all other buildings and spaces fanning out from these centralised points. The two campuses connect along a central route from which the Multi- Purpose Hall can be securely accessed, as well as the full-sized football pitch. This central zone also has a connection to the main road so it can be used by the community. Various types of social and recreational places are provided for around the campus so each person can find different spaces they are comfortable in.
Alan Adams - Land Surveyor (EMI Long Term Volunteer)
Isabel Butcher - Landscape Architect (Project Volunteer)
Timothy Butcher - Project Architect (Project Volunteer)
Brad Crawford - Team Leader (EMI Staff)
Daniel Critchley - Mechanical Engineer (EMI Intern)
Robert Johnson - Project Architect (EMI Long Term Volunteer)
Matthew Lammers - Structural Engineer (EMI Intern)
Jonathan Martin - Project Architect (EMI Intern)
Angela Parra - Civil Engineer (Project Volunteer)
Jaimee Schmidt - Civil Engineer (Project Volunteer)
Jana Van Singel - Project Architect (Project Volunteer)
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