School for Burma (Border School) 2011

School for Burma (Border School)

The Border School is intended to provide teaching accommodation for children of migrant families in Mae Sot, Tak, Thailand, close to the border of Burma.  The land on which the school is situated is leased as migrant teachers and students cannot legally own it. As such, landlords may take over the land together with any buildings on it at anytime. As such, the school is designed as a modular portable school using bamboo that can be easily dismantled and re-assembled on another possible site. Spatially, the school can be described as a series of teaching areas connected by a large and raised bamboo deck which also contains the reception and canteen. To this deck is connected a series of modular classroom structures arranged around it. The deck is a tall, airy and sheltered space. It is the heart of the school and will become the place for meeting, playing, eating and informal teaching for teachers and children. There are seven smaller identical bamboo structures connected to the main deck by small bamboo bridges. Out of the seven, six are classrooms while the remaining one will be used as an administration office.  The repetitive design of the smaller structures minimises the number of unique building elements, thereby making it easier to assemble and disassemble when required.

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