Teachers' Houses
Gando, Burkina Faso

The village of Gando is a village of approximately 3000 inhabitants, situated roughly 200 km to the south east of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The village doesn't have running water or electricity, and is composed of small mud huts with tin or straw roofs that are gathered together in community groups.

The Teacher's Housing project sought consistency with this traditional arrangement of habitation, but adapted it using more durable materials and techniques. It was designed by Kéré Architecture, is part of a development effort in the village that began with the construction of the Primary School, designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, supported by Schulbausteine für Gando, and recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004.

The purpose of the Teachers' Housing is to attract teachers to the countryside. It is situated at the southern end of the school's property, and consists of adaptable modules approximately the same size as habitation in the village. Modules can be combined in various ways to suit the needs of families and groups. The roofs are barrel vaults constructed from earthen bricks. The entire structure is generally composed of locally sourced materials. 


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Gando, Burkina Faso
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Designed and constructed 2001-2004
930 m2
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Teachers' Houses
Housing Project for Country School Teachers
Building Usages
private residence
adobe buildings
mud brick
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