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‘HOLLOW CLAY POT’ SLAB
LOCAL TECHNOLOGY

Literally hollow clay pots embedded in the concrete slab/ceiling.
This is not your typical structural solution to achieving lightweight long span slabs.

Francis Kere uses this to achieve natural ventilation natural lighting in a school library project in Gando, Burkina Faso.
The climate in this region of Africa is tropical known to have the dry and rainy seasons with temperatures as high as 380C. Francis designed spaces with the primary objective of achieving sustainable buildings which are appropriate for the climatic conditions in this region.

Locally made clay pots cut open at the top and bottom are randomly placed on a mesh of reinforcement bars and then cast into the concrete ceiling/slab. The result, a concrete ceiling with holes which now acts as outlet of hot air and at the same time allows light to filter through.
A corrugated iron roof sits over the ceiling like a canopy with large overhangs.
The result is a pleasant ambience which is cool and airy.

MATERIALS

* Cheap steel
* Clay pots
* Concrete