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CHIZUNGU ECD CENTER SCHOOL BLOCK FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CHILDREN IN WEDZA, ZIMBABWE

PROJECT PORTFOLIO ANNE RAKEL ALMÃ…S 1


CHIZUNGU | INNHOLD


CONTENTS

INTENTION

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CV

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MEET CHIZUNGU SCHOOL SITE

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EXISTING SITUATION

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SECTION EAST

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FLOOR PLAN

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ELEVATIONS

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BUILDING PROCESS BUILDING STARTUP

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TAKING SHAPE

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FINAL TOUCHES

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COMPLETION OPENING CEREMONY

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FINAL RESULT

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CONCLUSION

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CHIZUNGU | INTENTION

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DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF AN ECD FACILITY IN AFRICA

My first visit to Zimbabwe in 2015 made big impact on me and changed me as an architect. The cheerful people and the colorful African culture in a society with big social and economical contrasts is a challenging but rewarding field to work in. As part of my Master’s studies, I designed, raised funds for and built a school block at Chizungu ECD, in the rural district Wedza. Community participation was an essential part of the project, and my passion is to maximise quality, comfort and aesthetics with limited budget and resourses. My goal was to prove that low cost architecture can be socially and economically sustainable and durable, and I wanted the new classroom block to be an inspiration for future buildings in Wedza district. The total cost of Chizungu ECD was 30,000 US dollars which was funded by a Norwegian sponsor; Gjermund Meltveit. The ECD center was just my first project in this field, and I am now currently working on a design for an HIV centre for children in Zimbabwe as part of my Master’s thesis.

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CHIZUNGU | CV

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ANNE RAKEL ALMÃ…S

PERSONAL INFORMATION DATE OF BIRTH

15.08.1991

NATIONALITY

NORWEGIAN EDUCATION

2011-2017

ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, DENMARK EXPERIENCE

2014 - 2015

TRODAHL ARKIITEKTER, NORWAY -intern

2015 - 2017

SJO FASTING ARKITEKTER, NORWAY -intern

2016 - 2017

CHIZUNGU ECD CENTRE, ZIMBABWE - architect, fundraiser and project manager SKILLS PROJECT MANAGEMENT ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR INDESIGN PHOTOSHOP AUTOCAD ARCHICAD RHINO 3D STUDIO MAX SKETCHUP

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MEET

CHIZUNGU


Chizungu is a public Early Childhood Development and Primary School in the rural district Hwedza in Zimbabwe, adjacent to Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation’s border. The school has 270 pupils from ECD level to grade 7.


BRIDGE ROAD TO HARARE

CHIZUNGU ECD TOILETS

SCHOOL

SITE

CHIZUNGU PRIMARY SCHOOL

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WEDZA COUNTRY CLUB

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CHIZUNGU | MEET CHIZUNGU

EXISTING CHIZUNGU ECD AND PRIMARY SCHOOL BUILDING

Current school building is converted from a farm managers house.

Due to little space, grade 6 and 7 are sharing classroom.

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The school building’s roof is falling appart.

The 270 pupils were all cramped together in this old, abandoned house, and the 68 kids at ECD level were using a single small, dilapidated, open garage as their classroom.

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HIGH WIND LIGHT FRO

SECTION EAST NEW DESIGN CHIZUNGU ECD

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DOWS PROVIDE NATURAL OM ABOVE AND ALLOW VENTILATION

SHADED PORCHES ENSURE COMFORTABLE OUTDOOR SPACES AND PREVENTS DIRECT SUNLIGHT IN CLASSROMFROM NORTH

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CHIZUNGU | MEET CHIZUNGU

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM ECD A 67 m2

FLOOR PLAN NEW DESIGN CHIZUNGU ECD

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STORE ROOM 10 m2 STORE ROOM 10 m2

ECD B 67 m2

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CHIZUNGU |

ELEVATION SOUTH

ELEVATION NORTH

ELEVATIONS NEW DESIGN CHIZUNGU ECD

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CHIZUNGU |

BUILDING

PROCESS


CHIZUNGU | PROCESS

BUILDING PHASE STARTUP 02.09.2016

Wedza council provided builders and engineers to build the new school block.

Everyone in the community were helping out in startup phace with excavation, providing recourses and mixing cement for foundation.

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Bricks were locally made and donated to the building. Due to quality on community bricks, exterior walls were made of industrial made bricks from Harare.

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CHIZUNGU | PROCESS

TAKING SHAPE

After weeks of obstacles and challenges finally the first corner of Chizungu ECD was raised 7 weeks into building start.

After two years of drought, all the wells and boreholes in the area started drying out. Access to water became a big issue in the building phase. An Australian charity group called Opportunities for Life eventually saved us and donated a new borehole for the whole community. 24


The builders were challenged with a new roof design, but managed to pull it through.

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CHIZUNGU | PROCESS

FINAL TOUCHES BEFORE OPENING

Pupils cleaning windows

Polishing floors and clearing site for opening ceremony

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The opening week was finally there, and all the pupils, parents and teachers were helping cleaning the site for the opening ceremony and official handover.

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BUILDING

COMPLETION


CHIZUNGU | COMPLETION

OPENING CEREMONY 11.08.2017

The pupils were opening the ceremony with the Zimbabwean National Anthem.

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The councillor of Wedza was proud to receive the new school block - “the first of it’s kind in Africa”.

After almost a year of hard work, this was a big day for all of us. The ceremony was filled with speeches, singing and dancing, laughter and smiles.

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CHIZUNGU | COMPLETION

BUILDING COMPLETED

View inside ECD B classroom

View to green surroundings

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North elevation

Although we met obstacles and mistakes were made, the final result was not far from the original design. The rough surfaces and imperfections in the design give the building life and a unic character that only belongs to this community. Every little detail tells it’s own story of the making of Chizungu ECD. 35


CHIZUNGU | CONCLUSION

SOUTH ELEVATION 13TH NOVEMBER 2017

SOUTH ELEVATION 20TH AUGUST 2017

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CONCLUSION

What was meant to be finished in 3 months, took us nearly a year all together. Constant delays challenges, obstacles and of course African time kept slowing down progress, which was frustrating for everyone involved. We faced difficult experiences with government, authorities, gender discrimination and sexual harassment which regularly tested our resolve to carry on. It was a new work environment and big learning curve for all of us. It was a journey for the school to deliver better education for all and a journey for me personally to become a better architect. Giving up was never an option and we didn’t. This project has inspired me to carry on working in and for Africa with my next challenge of designing a children’s HIV centre.

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Profile for Anne Rakel Almås

Chizungu project portfolio  

Portfolio of my Chizungu ECD project in Zimbabwe, 2016 - 2017.

Chizungu project portfolio  

Portfolio of my Chizungu ECD project in Zimbabwe, 2016 - 2017.

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