• Black Rhino Academy / NLE Works

Architects: NLé Works  
Location: Karatu,  Tanzania
Project Team: Kunlé Adeyemi, Farooq Adenugba, Marco Cestarolli, Bethan Nelson, Laura Rokaite, Berend Strijland
Interior Décor: NLE Works
Project Year: 2018
Photographer: NLE Works
Website: www.nleworks.com

Landscape Architect: Inside Outside
Local Architect: Spacious Architects Partners
Structural Engineer: Bezzallel + Sam 
Mep Engineer: Alpha Crown Electrics 
Cost Consultant: Cost Benchmark Arusha

From the Architects
The Black Rhino Academy is a proposed primary and secondary boarding school located in Karatu, Tanzania.

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The 7 hectare hilly site is situated just outside of the Ngorongoro Crater conservation area, surrounded by rich natural vegetation and abundant wildlife.

Black Rhino Academy / NLE Works

The buildings and campus are organised through a planning principle vested in the region for millennia – the Iraqw/Masai Boma. Organised in a circle, these villages typically consists of multiple buildings that are connected by thorn bushes forming a protective belt around the village.

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The school program, schedule and activities are divided into three ‘Islands’; Live, Learn, Play. These are interconnected by a protective pathway, creating a safe yet open environment protected from and yet within the wildlife.

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The Live Island is located in the most environmentally favorable location on site – to ensure the best living conditions for the children, fundamental for learning. The dormitory buildings aim to create a protective environment where children can study in the evening, play in the afternoon, enjoy the free time in weekends and, perhaps most importantly, feel ‘at home’.

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The Learn Island has classrooms which are set on the sloping landscape interacting with nature. The school hall is a simple yet iconic building that overhangs above the natural slope that forms an amphitheater. The Play Island includes the sports field and is located on the only flat area of the site. The rest, an undulating playscape where children can live their imaginations.

The Black Rhino Academy aims to provide a visual and experiential environment that promotes joyful & innovative learning experiences and instills the value of excellent education in the children and in the overall community.

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