Basile Moreau is a highly respected school, located in the slum neighborhood of Carrefour in Port au Prince, Haiti. The original three-story building completely collapsed in the 2010 earthquake. The new building is designed to be earthquake and hurricane resistant. Because it is a faith-based school with limited resources, the design is intended to minimize maintenance costs and will last at least 50 years with minimum updates. The building is also accessible for people with physical challenges.
This project was accomplished in partnership with The University of Notre Dame and the Holy Cross Congregation of the Catholic Church.
The school surrounds an internal courtyard that helps isolate the school from the surrounding high-populated area and traffic noises. The courtyard is designed to offer exterior meeting spaces for students to collaborate on projects.
The classrooms are large at 72 m2 for 36 students and designed for tables and chairs to facilitate students working in groups in variable sizes of furniture configurations.