Noomdo Orphanage – Francis Kéré

Situated in the rural countryside of the Boulkiemdé province of Burkina Faso, the Noomdo Orphanage lies approximately 2 kilometers outside of the city of Koudougou. Mimicking the nearby residential compounds, the project is layed out in a similar way to a small village clustered around a communal outdoor space. The complex consists of 5 modular courtyard buildings, a shaded open-air dining hall, and a workshop with storage and changing room facilities. Through the use of modular building and private courtyards, an array of privacy and security gradients help to individualize the different living and work spaces of the orphanage. In this way, the architecture is sensitive to the needs and privacy of the inhabitants while maintaining a sense of security and control for the staff.