In a region often considered as the birthplace of HIV, where families are led either by grandparents or by 14years old 'big' brothers, where a whole generation has been erased by AIDS, the orphanage is home to 87 kids with ages up to 15 years. Another approximately 200 children attend the school on a regular basis, commuting to this otherwise surreally beautiful place.
On top of the tallest hill, in an abundant green landscape, the orphanage comprises 8 simple huts radially juxtaposed at 45degrees around a large gathering space sheltered by a tree. The basic spaces house different functions: dormitories, classrooms, a library and the teacherŐs room, and although separate, they create a sense of intimacy and safety in the common courtyard.
Through the circular composition of simple structures the open space is playfully articulated in different levels of privacy, while also allowing for a future organic growth.
Natural resources are maximized through the use of solar panels and rainwater tanks.