State of the Art ICT Campus Ready in Turkana

A state-of-the-art campus facility offering free training in information and communication technologies (ICT) is offering a shinning hope to the otherwise remote county of Turkana. The Startup Lions Campus is located on the banks of Lake Turkana and has a 1,416-square-metre artistic building built by Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré was built for the non-profit organization, Learning Lions, which learns the facility.

It is hoped to help alleviate youth unemployment in the region and allow young people to “thrive professionally without having to leave their homeland,” according to Kéré Architecture.

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The completed Startup Lions Campus, Turkana

Kéré Architecture’s design for the Startup Lions Campus “celebrates the unique morphology” of the site, comprising five linked buildings spanning two levels that follow the natural slope of the terrain.

It is built from locally sourced quarry stone finished with a terracotta-hued concrete plaster. This technique was chosen as it is low cost and so that the skills of the local community could be utilized in its construction.

From afar, the campus is distinguished by three tall ventilation towers that the studio modeled on the tall mounds built by termite colonies found throughout the region.

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Each tower helps cool the building’s interiors by extracting warm air upwards, as fresh air is brought in through adjustable low-level openings with woven straw shades. This technique is called the stack effect.

Inside, the building contains a mix of classrooms, flexible workshops, and co-working spaces, alongside storage, administrative and technical facilities.

It is complete with a series of roof terraces that offer views over Lake Turkana, and will eventually be shaded by planted pergolas to offer cool and comfortable outdoor teaching and meeting spaces.

“From the very beginning the project has had a collaborative building and learning at its heart,” Kéré said.

“We had imagined an educational facility that blended with the striking natural landscape that surrounds it, mirroring the ingenious structures built by the terminates close by,” he continued.

“It is a special honour for me and my team to have been able to provide the shape for this incredible educational facility and I am looking forward to how it may expand and most importantly see its students succeed.”

Building tatu ndio mnaita state of Art…mediocre country with bonobo people.

First, they need to convince them to stop hunting each other over scrawny cows. Wangeanza na primary schools

You retarded mofo, what has State-of The Art to do with the number of buildings?

Each tower helps cool the building’s interiors by extracting warm air upwards, as fresh air is brought in through adjustable low-level openings with woven straw shades. This technique is called the stack effect.

Hufai kupea watu vitu za free. Utawafanya wakuwe slaves.

https://www.archdaily.com/964238/startup-lions-campus-kere-architecture

Quite impressive. For those who haven’t been to Turkana, that place is in fact a desert. Hot like hell with afternoon temperatures hitting over 40 degrees Celsius. Hizi mawe za ndarugo will not cut it as they do not have thermal efficiency.

Arizona has the same challenge na huko kuna dollar billionaires. Earth is the most efficient way of minimizing indoor temperatures. Thats why the termites survive in the middle of the excessive heat.

All in all, a master piece in terms of how an architect has responded to the design challenge by addressing the key environmental parameters and aligning with nature which you cannot fight over the long run.

Many Kenyan architects are just lazy upstairs and nearly all buildings nowadays are just copy cats of each other. Or to put it simply, Kenyan architects wamechapa. No new ideas. No wonder nyumba zote Nairobi hufuanana.

Safi sana, wafunzwe vitu zingine sio kufuga ngombe kwa desert.