Ecole de musique Aldemaro pour le jounes du Casamance

Ziguinchor, Senegal
Humanitarian project
Not realized

The project aims to create a symbolic architecture that uses only local materials and simple yet innovative technologies, so as to create teaching and development opportunities also on site. The architecture is designed to optimize not only the spatial distribution of spaces but also the liveability inside, through systems of openings and volumes that create differences in pressures necessary to promote a natural ventilation useful for cooling environments. In fact, the large roof, in addition to absorbing and shielding the sun's rays creating shading, has the purpose of promoting the escape of hot air flows. The same funnel-shaped cover, moreover, foresee to collect rainwater from the rainy season in a central cistern for the reuse of water and the optimization of the water resource, necessary in a sub-Saharan climate. The screens that incorporate the volumes create a filter from the sun's rays, favouring the cooling of the walls and thus optimizing the quality of the interiors, and therefore also health factors that are sometimes dependent on excessive temperatures and humidity. The architecture is designed to absorb all sources of heat optimizing resources and spaces. The volumetric composition also creates different accesses according to the activities that the user must perform. The volumes embrace a central courtyard destined to host large open-air cultural and musical events, while an auditorium can allow cultural activities to be carried out even during the day or during the rainy season. As a whole, the architectural language recalls the distribution of the houses of the villages, often randomly arranged, but which together create unity and order thanks to a central court as a place of sociality and cultural exchange. These social approaches considered fundamental for the functioning of the structure are also favoured by open spaces that allow a continuous relationship between the community and the users. At the same time the offices open to the external context through a volume that embraces the user, and invites him to visit the museum / musical instruments shop that also serves the economic maintenance of the school. Architecture responds to certain traditional languages, but they are reinterpreted in a modern way to provide a starting point for innovation and to create a model school for the whole region.

Africa Music school Raoul Vecchio architect