Jul 2016

Latest from on site at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda

The Richard Feilden Foundation (RFF) and FCBStudios are working on a new two storey dormitory and classroom building at Lake Bunyonyi Secondary & Vocational School in Uganda.

The RFF has been working at the school since 2008 and has already completed engineering works to secure the school grounds, necessary because of the very steep nature of the site and heavy rainfall in the wet season. Other work includes new classrooms, a kitchen and latrines, as well as an impressive circular dining hall structure overlooking the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.

Volunteer Nathan Ovens from FCBStudios is currently on site in Uganda and sent this message:

“The new dormitory and classroom blockis a greatfeat for the school. It is the first two storey concrete frame building on their campus, but yet still blends in to the local building typology using local materials and craftsmen.

The building responds to the local climatic conditions by providing a good thermal mass and natural cross ventilation to keep a cool internal environment. New innovations were explored within its construction by introducing rows of bricks into the formwork of the first floor slab, to save on the amount of concrete and cement used. These bricks were later removed to give an attractive ribbed soffit that also increases the surface area of exposed concrete, further improving the thermal mass to stabilise internal temperatures."

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Latest from on site at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda