Invited by the NGO Bahr Loubnan, BLANKPAGE contributes to the design and construction supervision of an ecological public school in Naqoura. Equipped with photovoltaics panels on the roof, as well as solar water heating, the school harnesses its energy from the sun therefore becoming off-grid and zero emission.
Architecturally, the renovation overhauls the program locations, giving it a new coherence while creating three strong poles of education: a new agricultural lab, a relocated library in the heart of the school with a view towards the sea, and a renovated sports stadium for volleyball, mini foot, as well as basket ball. The kindergarten area now acquires a separate entrance and the walls of the covered winter playground become blackboards for spontaneous drawing experiments.
Internally, pastel colors create a varying eye level horizon line that adjusts to the age group of the class it enlivens. Externally, the touches of colors reappear on the concrete lintels of each class window, while varying stencils write fragments of a visual poem revealing an internal program, explaining a mechanical system or inviting the surreal imagination.
Photography by Marwan HarmoucheRead Less