Learning Centres
We designed these learning centres pro bono for 101 Heroes, a worldwide non-profit organization that believes in the power of education as a tool to uplift families living in poverty. Their mission is to build learning centres, where underprivileged families living in rural villages can access books, computers, and teaching aids. To date we have designed 3 learning centres, 2 of which are completed, and one is currently under construction.  If you wish to donate to this great cause, visit 101heroes.org 
Edu Santiago Learning Centre
PLAY was the driving force behind the design concept for the Edu Santiago Learning Centre. The breezeway along the North side of the building allows for the front facade to act as a play wall for kids to climb, play and sit and read. We thought it would be fun to think of all the ways that the facade could be clad with children rather than just concrete cinder block. The concrete cinderblocks will continue to be used to structure the garden in front of the building, creating more play spaces for the kids on the ground. 
The double facade that creates the breezeway helps to passively cool the building by using the air that accumulates along the cool concrete floor and cinderblocks that are in shadow for most of the day.
The roof of the learning centre will be made of both corrugated metal and polycarbonate. The polycarbonate panels will allow for natural light to stream in to the space, creating a vibrant, bright place for the children to read, play, and attend class.
Location: Phillippines
Collaborators: Edwin Santiago, founder of 101 Heroes
Area: 500 sq.ft.
Completed: Under construction
Pendleton Goldman Learning Centre
Pendleton Goldman Learning Centre was designed as a playful 'building block' to be plugged in amongst its neighbours, using elemental shapes and colours to enliven children's imagination.  The coloured steel shutters are designed to shade light, provide security, and serve as storm shutters for the monsoon season. The front facade is inset to create an inhabitable garden space and staircase. 
To donate, please visit: www.101heroes.org
Location: Pulilan, Bulacan, Phillipines
Collaborators: Edwin Santiago, founder of 101 Heroes
Area: 475 sq.ft.
Completed: 2014
Learning Centre #7
Learning Centre #7’s Facade acts as a framing device that is both inhabitable, and utilitarian.  On the front side, the largest blue box is extruded to create a bench, while the other extruded boxes act to shade the windows from direct sunlight on the exterior, and to provide shelving for books on the interior.  Similar to the Pendleton Goldman Learning Centre, this design also employs bright colours to reflect the youthful vibrancy of its inhabitants.  
 
Location: Mabafweni, Kenya
Collaborators: Edwin Santiago, founder of 101 Heroes
Area: 500 sq.ft.
Completed: 2016
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