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The shipping container used for schools

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Remarkable shipping container conversion used as a portable school for children in Africa

Some uses for shipping containers really do turn heads for all of the right reasons and this shipping container school project in Africa is certainly one of them.

Johannesburg-based company Architecture for a change constructed a community centre and school in Malawi made entirely out of shipping containers that aims to mitigate this with an open design. The firm also installed rainwater harvesting and solar power to allow the school to operate off-grid.

The shipping container school offers two classrooms, a large courtyard, and some bleachers though primarily used to teach children, the building also serves as an adult training weekend market, and community centre. The Legson Kayira Community Centre and Primary School is a basic structure, internally and externally.

During construction, the company used a number of shipping containers as a basic building material and added a lightweight steel supporting frame and roof. A4AC also removed parts of the containers and installed louvered walls to allow natural ventilation. The school was manufactured at A4AC’s workshop in South Africa, before being moved to Malawi.

You can learn more about the Legson Kayira Community Centre and Primary School here.

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