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Brousse-Besely School

Besely, Mahajanga, Madagascar

Client : Ecoles du Monde
Supervising Client : Unibail-Rodamco, Eiffage Construction
Ile de France
Local Architect: JL Rostaing - ARTERRE
Program :3 room School will local sponsors (library, infirmary, leisure zone, toilettes and showers)
Surface area : environ 150 m² NSA
Mandate: Design and oversight work
Award : Palmarès Grand Prix Afex 2016

From the Majunga tower to the construction of a school in Madagascar

In Parallel with the construction of the new generation Majunga tower at La Défense is the construction and creation of a school in Madagascar. The agency Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, Unibail-Rodamco and Eiffage Construction are primary players of this project working closely with the association “ Ecoles du Mondes and Enfants du Mondes”.

The particularity of this site is that it has been utilized primarily for local and durable resources, for instance, it is the site that where mud-bricks are made, as the earth on this site contains those specific properties allowing this process.  The “Ecoles du Monde” put in disposition a brick press that allowed the inhabitants to build their own bricks to construct their school.

Around 25 000 bricks were needed to build the school and its foundations were composed with stone rumble roughcast and whitewash. The objective was to design a project without using materials that are scarce in this region or that cause the increase of the disappearance of forest (wood, palm leaves, etc.) or using expensive materials like metal, etc.

By the exclusive use of mud bricks, the construction costs have been minimalized and optimized the use of the site itself. This technique invests in craftsmanship and allows the inhabitants of the region to become more self-sufficient in their construction and economical systems. 

Crédits Agence

Associés / Directeurs de projet : Octave Parant, Blin Trincal
Naïara Iparragirre Gonzalez