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Temporary Classroom  Hope School

The lack of space, and in many cases, the need for immediate accommodation for new students forced the school to present a new model of temporary low cost dormitories that are easy to assemble and are built by using as many recycled materials as possible. 


With a capacity of 25 students, the building meets the modus vivendi by fitting into the local environment in which it is located. The interior layout ensures an open and airy space that offers semi-privacy and includes storage space for the students. The materials used are locally available and well known for their users, which allows easy maintenance and results in low cost.

-Lead Designer: Albert Company Olmo

-Location: Phop Pra, Thailand

-Project Year: 2015

-Donors: Japanese Association for Mae Tao Clinic

-Collaborators: Ironwood

-Budget: 1,700 USD

-Photographs Franc Pallares, Albert Company

A much lighter and cheaper secondary structure made out of eucalyptus and thatch roof - commonly used in the area – were used. These materials allow the school to easily maintain the building.

The Temporary Classroom responds effectively to the tropical climate in the region. The roof is designed very low, breaking the gable into two elements. This prevents the rain from coming inside the building and also brings natural light and ventilation throughout.  

The inventive construction system and the steel material do not compromise on the overall traditional building aesthetic.

Encouraging the communities to decide for themselves which school requires the structure and for how long, also fosters sharing and self-determination among the migrant community.

While this building has been used for educational purposes, it can also be used for many different functions where the context requires a dignified temporary building response.

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