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School with accomodation in Nosy Be


“Giovanna per il Madagascar Onlus” is an NPO active in Madagascar for 20 years now. More specifically it operates in Nosy Be island, assisting children affected by diabetes and limb malformations.

Since Madagascar is characterised by high poverty rates and low literacy rates, the NGO is undertaking now a new mission to help abandoned children, providing them a home where to sleep and where daily meals are available, a place where they can be treated by doctors and a community where they can study and play.

“CSSJB” made available a plot in the outskirts of Hell Ville where to build a small school with accomodation for 18 kids.

The project has been initially outlined by the will of completing the current L layout of the two school buildings already on the plot with a third wing capable of defining an open court. The building is composed by a slab hosting two small dormitories for males and females equipped with toilet facilities, accommodation for the teaching staff, direction office and a small kitchen. Two avant-corps host a classroom and a library/multipurpose space defining a covered open space that works as a backdrop in continuity with the open court of the wider system. All the interior spaces are accessible from this colonnaded space which represents the real vital center of the building for younger guests.

The double roofing is composed by a lower breathing layer and an upper waterproof one. In this way the rooms are not subject to direct solar radiation and the air circulates in the buffer zone between the two layers ensuring natural cooling, while the entire building, including the outdoor spaces, is protected by the local heavy rains.


The building was inaugurated at the end of August 2019 in the presence of the island’s top institutions, after a construction period that lasted about 18 months.


Assignment: Direct

Client:  Giovanna per il Madagascar Onlus

Status: Built

Year: 2017-2019

Location: Nosy Be, MDG

Size: 600 mq

Budget: 100.000 €

Award:  “Young talent of Italian architecture 2020”

Photographs: Francesco Calandra

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