ECD&F Centres

Early Childhood Development & Family Centres

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Implementation of ECD&F centres is one of UNICEF Rwanda's flagship projects. The result of an holistic approach to architectural interventions, strengthening mother-child relationship, the basic unit of Rwandan social organization, will hopefully form the catalyst of change and poverty reduction.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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Carefully integrated with the physical and cultural landscape of the country, they are thought of as material and systemic ecosystems balancing the relationship between communities and their surroundings.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
ASA studio

Working with UNICEF Rwanda has offered the opportunity to develop and refine ideas on how to build Early Childhood Development centres, and test them at national level in 9 districts, within very remote rural communities.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
ASA studio

It has been a unique opportunity to gather access to the different realities of the country, and particularly to test the replicability and adaptability of the design to varying topographic constraints, scarce and limited material resources, and with a wide range of expertise provided by the implementing partners.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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Workshops have been organized to understand the most important themes in local community life, which have become the principal design items.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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The conceptual approach to the design rests on two pillars: it highlights the role of a central space as catalyst for community gathering, in a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional "urugo" settlement pattern; and it conceives a modular structure, where components can adapt to different terrains and situations, but originate always similar facilities, organized around the central space.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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Two main typologies are being tested throughout the ongoing construction: a circular plan and a S-shaped plan. Ideally the outcome of different aggregation of the modules, they are the result of the adaptation to varying topographies and plots.
All have required adjustments and changes during the construction process, in an effort to source locally available materials and transport them to difficult and remote site locations, together with the challenge of reacting to different climatic and geological conditions, such as soil types and heavy rainfall.

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In both types, the five different basic elements, stimulation classrooms, multipurpose hall, open demonstration kitchen, admin block and sanitation facilities are small reinforced masonry structures, built with locally produced fired bricks, assembled with Flemish bonds and vertical reinforcement bars, to improve stability and avoid the use of concrete.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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The brick pattern and the multiple openings of varying size, placed at different heights contribute to the sensorial stimulation and the learning of small children, while providing natural lighting and cross ventilation.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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A continuous porch, covered in ceramic tiles, allows for a variety of covered outdoor spaces, for both learning and communal activities.
The whole compound is fenced, and includes a dedicated area for playgrounds and kitchen gardens, and has a underground tank for rainwater harvesting.

ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
ASA studio
ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
ASA studio
ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
ASA studio
ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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ASA studio · ECD&F Centres
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