campus architecture by francis kéré
startup lions ICT campus in kenya
In 2020, with financial support from Google, SAP, the Löwenmarsch e.V. team and the Bavarian state, Learning Lions built the first section of our Startup Lions ICT Campus. This section includes the main ICT Center building, as well as parts of the general campus infrastructure such as an eco-market, a canteen/cafeteria, a chill-out area, and some basic limited housing.
The sustainable project celebrates the unique morphology and natural beauty of its site. It is built over two levels that follow the natural slope and features extensive roof terraces that oer sweeping views over Lake Turkana. The roof terraces are shaded by creeping vegetation, providing pleasant outdoor meeting spaces and opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas.
The building takes inspiration from the towering mounds built by termite colonies in the region. Tall ventilation towers create a stack effect to naturally, cool the main working spaces by extracting warm air upwards, while fresh air is introduced through specially designed low-level openings. This system allows the campus to withstand high temperatures and is especially well suited as it prevents dust from damaging the IT equipment. In addition to their functional role, the towers create a landmark in the surroundings.
sustainable architecture with local materials
The campus is built out of locally sourced quarry stone with a plaster finish. In choosing which materials and construction techniques to use, ecological sustainability, cost, and availability factors were weighed to arrive at the best compromise. Collaboration with the local community was key in this decision-making process, drawing from their experience and expertise.
be part of this project
We are looking for construction volunteers to locally supervise and support the construction process of our award-winning ICT Campus in collaboration with the local team in Turkana/Kenya
help us grow
In these first years of existence, we have achieved proof-of-concept for our education and empowerment program. And we have seen the power of digital literacy to change lives first hand. Now is the time to scale up in Turkana and beyond. You can help us to make it happen!