KENCADA IIC

KenCada Academy and DBR present an International Ideas Competition inviting Kenyan and International designers to give the students of KenCada International Academy a new place to learn and grow. 

The environment of a learning space has great effect on the growth, focus and emotions of a student. An effective learning space has the potential to dynamically influence student learning, as opposed to passively providing a venue for it. Through a flexible, thoughtful design, the building will be a teacher in itself. 

The KenCada International Academy was founded on the conviction that the best of Kenyan education and international 21st Century learning is urgently needed and should be made accessible to all Kenyan children. The challenge is to design a new campus for KenCada that will serve as a learning space for its young students. Designs should be mindful of the school’s locality, and seek to engage the community it inhabits. Local materials unique to the Swahili Coast should also be celebrated. A balance of modernity and local vernacular traditions would be ideal.

With almost 130 submissions from 43 different countries, the jury panel consisting of KenCada Executive Director Michael McGuire, architect Urko Sánchez and architect Doreen Adengo could not have been more impressed by the quality of submissions demonstrated by participants across the world. From the projects we received, our jury selected an overall winner per category and Honorable Mentions that best captured the goals for this competition.

 

KENYA | LOCAL CATEGORY

Winner

CREATIVE KENCADA: CREATE, PLAY, LEARN
James Mitchell, Andrew Perkins, Carolina Larrazábal, Leo Taylor (Orkidstudio) - Nairobi, Kenya

Honourable Mention

WEMA EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Brian Babu - Ngong, Kenya

 

AFRICA | REGIONAL CATEGORY

Winner

OASIS OF KNOWLEDGE
Nikhil Tricam, Ghanisha Bucktowar - South Africa

Honourable Mention

TROPICAL COURTYARDS: STIMULATION BY DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE
Alice Tasca, Francesco Stassi, Zeno Riondato (Active Social Architecture) - Rwanda

 

GLOBAL | INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY

Winner

SIMPLE BLOCKS
Dmitry Ignashin, Dmitry Dmitriev - Russia

Honourable Mentions

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE
Miguel Armental - Spain

 

EDUCATION + IDENTITY=PRODUCTIVE COMMUNITY
Mauricio Mendez Arevalo, Sergio Espindola - Bolivia