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Malaysian stu­dio O2 De­sign Atelier has won an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a new eco-vil­lage for aban­doned and or­phaned chil­dren in the Kenyan city of Soy.

Edric Choo’s team took in­spi­ra­tion from Maa­sai ar­chi­tec­ture to over­come com­pe­ti­tion from 45 ri­vals in 21 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

The self-sus­tain­ing vil­lage ac­com­mo­dates a train­ing cen­tre, com­mu­nity hall and farm, which are all lo­cated to­wards the front of the prop­erty, while homes for the or­phans are placed at the back.

Class­rooms and homes are laid out in cir­cu­lar clus­ters and have been de­signed tak­ing the lo­cal cli­mate into ac­count.

Shaded clay brick walls with large win­dow open­ings cool down class­rooms by in­duc­ing cross-ven­ti­la­tion dur­ing hot days, while at night heat the ab­sorbed by con­crete block walls helps keep bed­room in­te­ri­ors warm.

Around 100 or­phans will live at the vil­lage, while more than 500 lo­cal chil­dren will be ed­u­cated there.

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