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We have pro bono designed the MCF Academy to support the great efforts of Macdella Cooper of the Macdella Cooper Foundation to house, feed and educate 200 orphans.

Rather than designing the whole complex as one large building, the proposal was to conceive the MCF Academy as a sustainable village with courtyards with specific functions, such as outdoor classrooms, playgrounds and small gardens to educate the children in growing vegetables and plants. This way construction can be done in phases.

The Academy has a library, staff rooms, a dining hall, 2 academic buildings, 2 dormitories and a staff building. The buildings are built from local materials such as perforated concrete blocks and bamboo woven walls. The structures are designed to have natural ventilation and the roofs will collect rainwater for showers and toilets. Wells and water towers are constructed to provide a good reservoir. Solar panels and windmills provide alternate sources of energy for lighting and the necessary refrigeration.

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Year: Construction Spring 2010
Location: Liberia, West Africa
Client: Macdella Cooper Foundation
Project Type: Pro-Bono design for a Sustainable Village including two academic buildings, two student dormitories, a staff building and outdoor courtyards
Size: 43,350 sq ft
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: David Barr | Archi-Tectonics Team: Hiroyuki Miki, Andreas Crynen, Won Shok Lee
Consultants: Global Building Solutions
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