Typical Compund Design for Nka Foundation Sites
Typical Compund Design for Nka Foundation Sites | Credit: NKA Foundation




The project consists of a dormitory for local students in Kantora Arts Village. The local conditions such as the bioclimatic features and the available materials are the main premises for this project.

The proposal includes 10 dormitory modules for 20 students each with a bathroom, a living room and a dormitory.

There was a special concern on the urban composition. Therefore, the module has two variations (Type A and Type B). The typology A is composed by two longitudinal buildings whereas the typology B is a “L” shape, with a rotation of type A. This will allow a more dynamic urban unit, with a composition of small courtyards when aggregating the dormitory modules for the 200 students.

The design has also a concern about future adaption to other functions. In the future, this module can be adapt to small dwellings for expatriates by changing the window spans to doors and creating autonomous entrances in each bedroom. The modularity of the building also allows an easy expansion of the living room and bathroom, according to the needs.







The dormitory is marked by a living room at the entrance and the bathroom at the end. The living room creates both an entrance and a small space as a more private meeting point for the resident students, considering that they spend the day mostly outside or at school. This space will also establish a separation between the entrance and the private area of the bedrooms. The bedrooms are small alcoves with two bunk beds (4 people) separated by thin wooden walls and organized within a circulation corridor that finishes with the bathroom unit. The latter has toilets and showers for the resident students as well as a secondary access for maintenance and cleaning.





bioclimatic scheme

All the building is characterized by a single body, although the bathroom has no roof to provide fully ventilation. The building system of the walls will be adobe blocks made with wood molds. The window and door spans will result from the absence of blocks and application of supporting wooden lintels. The window spans will not be closed by a window to assure cross ventilation. Moreover, to help on crossed ventilation, the roof wooden structure is separated from the walls through wall plates. The straw as roof covering will help both on thermal comfort and facilitate water drainage during the rainy season. To reduce direct solar radiation and contribute to thermal comfort (considering an average daily temperature of 28ºC) the roof will have a long eave.




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The building system of the walls will be adobe blocks made with wood molds.

Construction Phasing




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