9 February 2010
Engineer's from Adams Kara Taylor (AKT) are working on the new Academy for Girls School in Malawi, which is being funded by the Queen of Pop, Madonna.
New images have been revealed of the school in Malawi, an African country close to Madonna’s heart as the birthplace of her adopted son, David.
As part of the project, AKT is working with Raising Malawi and New York architects, studioMDA, on the design of the school located on a site a little less than 10km north of Lilongwe. A key ambition for the project is to maximise the use of local labour and materials, such as hyrdaform bricks made from soil on site.
As an international consultant, AKT, part of the WYG Group, are delighted to be involved in this project and introducing economic methods of making projects more sustainable for communities in countries such as Malawi.
Another ambition for the project is to promote the use of local materials for new and ambitious designs. The program of the Academy includes a Library and Administration building, Dining Hall, Gymnasium, Wellness Center, Sports Field, 30 Classrooms, 12 Dormitories and 18 Staff Houses on a 46 hectare site.
From this project AKT are aiming to demonstrate to local workers how traditional materials can be used in different ways and we hope that the prototypical designs created are universal enough and provide sufficient flexibility to allow them to be utilised on future education projects across Malawi.
The new Academy for Girls is currently underway and will become a campus for 450 pupils when it is completed in two years’ time.
Photograph: © studioMDA