African School for Excellence: A Megastructure
https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/

African School for Excellence: A Megastructure

Posted on February 26, 2019 by martabuges

Categories: , , , ,

Situated in a severely poverty-stricken area, where social services such as clinics and schools have largely remained unavailable to citizens, the African School for Excellence (ASE) is one of the first township-based private schools.

ASE Tsakane addresses the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars by offering an education that prepares them for university entrance at the highest level. The structure consists of 24 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a reception and a staff room. It was built within a strictly limited budget (R2,500/sqm), utilising innovations typical of factory construction.

Lightweight and structural steel were used in the building’s construction, resulting in a correspondence with the area’s industrial vernacular. The design is governed by the school’s education model, designating spaces for self study, partner learning and instructional learning. It houses the capacity for six learning communities under a single roof or, alternatively, a vast 2000 sqm hall space available for community members to rent on weekends.

The roof form and its structural engineering, which proved to be highly challenging, were decided by the need to create a landmark and a symbol of hope for the community of Tsakane.

The commission arose through Local Studio's contact with the client over several years, during which time numerous alternative construction methodologies were pitched. A design-and-build contract was eventually appointed to E4 Construction, who designated the design of the school to Local Studio. The project ran on an exceptionally tight construction timeline and experienced a change in structural engineer during the process. Had this not been the case, Local Studio believes that detailing choices would have been achieved more elegantly. Challenges for the project were specifically budget related, and numerous initial designs were cut from the contract. Fortunately, the flexible design of the building allowed for modularity and the addition of complimentary elements, such as sound and thermal insulation, which have been added as funds have become available.

African School for Excellence: A Megastructure – urbanNext Skip to content

Audio Version

See more about

More info

Architects: Local Studio

Location: Tsakane, South Africa

Year: 2015

Photography: Dave Southwood

African School for Excellence: A Megastructure

Situated in a severely poverty-stricken area, where social services such as clinics and schools have largely remained unavailable to citizens, the African School for Excellence (ASE) is one of the first township-based private schools.

ASE Tsakane addresses the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars by offering an education that prepares them for university entrance at the highest level. The structure consists of 24 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a reception and a staff room. It was built within a strictly limited budget (R2,500/sqm), utilising innovations typical of factory construction.

Lightweight and structural steel were used in the building’s construction, resulting in a correspondence with the area’s industrial vernacular. The design is governed by the school’s education model, designating spaces for self study, partner learning and instructional learning. It houses the capacity for six learning communities under a single roof or, alternatively, a vast 2000 sqm hall space available for community members to rent on weekends.

The roof form and its structural engineering, which proved to be highly challenging, were decided by the need to create a landmark and a symbol of hope for the community of Tsakane.

The commission arose through Local Studio’s contact with the client over several years, during which time numerous alternative construction methodologies were pitched. A design-and-build contract was eventually appointed to E4 Construction, who designated the design of the school to Local Studio. The project ran on an exceptionally tight construction timeline and experienced a change in structural engineer during the process. Had this not been the case, Local Studio believes that detailing choices would have been achieved more elegantly. Challenges for the project were specifically budget related, and numerous initial designs were cut from the contract. Fortunately, the flexible design of the building allowed for modularity and the addition of complimentary elements, such as sound and thermal insulation, which have been added as funds have become available.

Architects: Local Studio

Location: Tsakane, South Africa

Year: 2015

Photography: Dave Southwood

urbanNext (March 3, 2024) African School for Excellence: A Megastructure. Retrieved from https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/.
African School for Excellence: A Megastructure.” urbanNext – March 3, 2024, https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/
urbanNext February 26, 2019 African School for Excellence: A Megastructure., viewed March 3, 2024,<https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/>
urbanNext – African School for Excellence: A Megastructure. [Internet]. [Accessed March 3, 2024]. Available from: https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/
African School for Excellence: A Megastructure.” urbanNext – Accessed March 3, 2024. https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/
African School for Excellence: A Megastructure.” urbanNext [Online]. Available: https://urbannext.net/african-school-for-excellence/. [Accessed: March 3, 2024]

urbanNext | expanding architecture to rethink cities and territories

Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt
Formats
Audio&visual
Concept
Data
Essay
Forum
Lecture
Podcast
Project
Talk
Survey
Statement
Selfthink
High Density
Middle Density
Low Density
No Density

talk

essay

project

product

survey

data

all formats