This Innovative School Building Was Designed by MAT-TER

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 6, 2014
References: mat-ter & gizmag
California design studio MAT-TER designed this modular, typhoon-resistant passively-cooled school building, which is set to be constructed in the Philippines later this year.

The primary building material will be local bamboo, with the floors, walls and furniture all utilizing bamboo materials. MAT-TER envisions the planting of bamboo all around the school plot, to provide resources for maintenance and repair while acting as a wind-screen to shelter the school from heavy winds.

The school will sit on large concrete stilts, protecting it from flooding and allowing for increased ventilation. The school's facade will be fitted with ventilation screens, while its roof will be equipped with a rainwater harvesting system.

The design was conceived during a competition to reconstruct the Guiuan National High School, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan along with 4,500 other schools in the other area.