Khomotso Crèche

Studio Unit 2A, Nottingham University, Tzaneen, 2014


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Pre-school education building for 0-5s in South Africa

Project (SA)3 is a live project from Nottingham University School of Architecture.

Second year students tutored by Alison Davies and John Ramsay designed a new classroom block for a pre-school crèche in rural South Africa.

Working in teams, students explored cultural, environmental, material and pedagogical contexts prior to embarking on the design competition.

The winning design was built by the students and staff over a 4-week period in the university Easter holiday.

The project was the third and final phase of works on this site carried out by previous cohorts of students; a total of four classrooms, an office, kitchen/dining and toilet facilities have been realised since 2011.

Project (SA)3 sought to extend the provision on site with a more flexible learning environment for the 0-5 year olds, exploiting informal geometry and integrating covered outdoor space.

Working with limited resources and a tight budget, on-site construction techniques included straw bales, sand bags and recycled glass bottles.

The project was delivered in collaboration with South African NGO Education Africa under their ‘Social Architecture’ programme, and local pre-school education provider the Thusanang Trust.


  • Begun: Apr 2014
  • Completed: May 2014
  • Floor area: 100m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £34,000
  • Funding: student fundraising
  • Tender date: Apr 2014
  • Procurement: self-build
  • Address: Khomotso Creche, Calais Village, Limpopo , Tzaneen, 0850, South Africa


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