Extreme cool school Competition
Mongolia has about 15 million sheep.
After China, Mongolia is the world.s second largest raw cashmere producer, preparing around 1,153 tons of cashmere each year. As wool is a cheap and available material in Mongolia: the basic idea is to use this material to provides super-insulation at an affordable cost. The combination with Oriented strand board (OSB), also known as sterling board, made possible to realize a hight insulation building. A natural building involves a range of building systems and materials that place major emphasis on sustainability. Ways of achieving sustainability through natural building focus on durability and the use of minimally processed, plentiful or renewable resources, as well as those that, while recycled or salvaged, produce healthy living environments and maintain indoor air quality. Natural building tends to rely on human labor, more than technology. As Michael G. Smith observes, it depends on “local ecology, geology and climate; on the character of the particular building site, and on the needs and personalities of the builders and users”.
Our proposal keep in mind this needing and try to mix traditional techniques with contemporary approach of buildings methods. The shape of the extension of the school is simple, but provided with a theory of openings (big and little windows) that creates a creative pattern on the facades.
The addiction is directly connected to the old building providing a new multi use building with a safe, comfortable, learning environment for 100 pupils. lighting, ventilation, environmental conditions, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics are the elements of our proposal.
The most unquantifiable aspect of our proposal is the way that the building process itself empowers ordinary people. It is accessible to many people who are otherwise excluded from the design and build process. We like to imagine that the Extremecoolshool will be realized by a teamwork of local people that could learn how to transform their living environment, and very often their lives, in a most enjoyable way.