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.