The Faculty of Social Improvement / studio berardi miglio
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The humanitarian group Jay Nepal requested us to plan a faculty and volunteer heart in a really distant place, a small and really poor village referred to as Bodgaun in Nepal, about three hour’s drive north of the capital Kathmandu. From the very starting, we have been conscious that realizing this challenge, in lots of features, could be a fancy problem: having began the planning in the course of the pandemic, we had not been capable of go to the location, the monetary sources have been very restricted (about 100 thousand euros) and the planning and realization time was tight.
The native constructing tradition can be very modest. The homes within the space are constructed by the only building strategies and the distant area is lacking any sort of infrastructure, so the seek for expert staff and the availability of applicable constructing supplies have been significantly difficult. These limitations have been the cornerstone for the event of our design idea, the success of which may be discovered within the city design proposal.
The positioning, set in an attractive panorama, presents itself as a non-place. It’s a massive, inexperienced plateau between the mountains, whose few homes unfold right here and there don’t generate a recognizable city construction. On this sense, the location actually conditioned the challenge, because the challenge itself needed to create a spot. Subsequently, we developed the thought of a village inside a village.
The main focus was instantly on the social facet and the way it may very well be in-built a easy means. Round a central house, designed as a public theatre, a hoop of 5 homes was deliberate to accommodate the totally different capabilities. The impossibility of making an structure wealthy in particulars, shifted our consideration to the seek for a constructive simplicity, able to emphasizing the person volumes and creating an general play. The ensuing areas enable each the attention and the movement of individuals to comb from the skin to the within and vice versa in a panoramic surroundings.
On the bottom flooring are organized the varsity capabilities, the youth heart, the coaching institute, and the open-air theatre, whereas the primary flooring accommodates the volunteer residence, the canteen, and the big terrace.
Outdoors, the homes with their sky-blue shade radiate far past the village construction, whereas in distinction, the extra intimate and guarded central house offers a theatre and assembly place for the whole neighborhood.