OODI TRAINING COLLEGE

A strong pedestrian axis structures the varied functions of this college around a series of external and internal spaces that create a variety of experiences for students.

PROJECT DATE
2008
CITY
GABARONE
COUNTRY
BOTSWANA
SIZE
50 000m2
CLIENT
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF BOTSWANA
COLLABORATORS
Paledi Morrison

The Oodi Training College is designed along a main axis of movement that ties all the functions of the educational facility together. The axis extends from the entrance to an amphitheater, and from there through the main educational facilities towards the student housing blocks. The simple design axis allows all aspects of the college to be accessed with ease and creates a central spine within which most of the activity of the college occurs.

The auxiliary functions of the college are located off the central axis, with all the functions such as services, sports facilities and staff housing within close proximity of the spine making for a compact and practical master plan design.

The aim of the design was to produce a logical and systematic ordering of educational functions, where the central spine of the design facilitates activity, access and interaction of the students within the college. The main axis is exclusively pedestrianised and vehicles are relegated to a circular ring road around the main facilities. The pedestrian spine ensures that the college has a community or village-type character, which was important to Co-Arc.

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