Dream School

> PROGRAM : school-campus for 600 students from KG to grade 12
> LOCATION : Ethiopia, Oromia, Adama 8°33″0’N 39°16″12’E
> LOCAL PARTNER : under process
> AREA : building 3000m2 + landscaping 4000m2
> PROGRESS : SD phase   


« Our vision is to create a self-sustaining model for education and community development that can be replicated in other African communities. Beginning in Ethiopia, we educate and nurture gifted children, young adults, and communities with support that meets basic needs, an innovative curriculum and community development programs. We move beyond the traditional aid model, shifting from mere relief efforts to giving students, families and communities the skills they need to support themselves and rise above poverty. » SOAF



The Dream School campus is inspired by the tukul structure : the traditional circular hut that is the building block of villages all over Ethiopia. The traditional tukul has a small diameter and is constructed from easily accessible local materials like wood and mud, with a straw roof to protect against sun and rain.CONCEPT

A lone tukul blends in with the surrounding landscape, but a group of tukuls together forms a village. This Dream School design uses a larger, updated version of the tukul as its base unit. The Dream School campus will be composed of several circular buildings to create a a community. Each building will include an internal courtyard to encourage dialogue within each unit of the campus. The buildings will also be arranged on the campus to create spaces for dialogue between buildings and among teachers, students, and the community at large.


MP l1The masterplan is organized around 3 horizontal axis :

– the first one is the community zone, which includes the library / community center building on one side, and the administration / health center / guest accommodation on the other side. 

– the second axis is the educational zone, composed of all the classrooms : early childhood, middle school and elementary classrooms and the multipurpose classrooms. They share a common second level footbridge as the main elevated connection.

– the third axis is the recreational zone with the stadium and soccer field ( + summer camp ), the swimming pool and the student cafeteria.

There is one vertical axis running across the campus, connecting the entrance plaza, the townhall and the stadium / swimming pool. This is the public axis of the school. The spaces in between buildings can function as circulatory and communal spaces, including meeting points, recreation spaces, and outdoor teaching spaces.