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Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng

Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng
Architect
Activate Architecture
Engineers/Specialists
WSP structures Africa, Asakheni, Ubunye Engineering services, Insite landscape architecture
Further Specialists
Lewis Levin
Location
Africa - South Africa - Rustenburg
Climate Zone
temperate
Design status
build
Date of completion
2009
Type
Education
Site area (m²)
547147
Footprint (m²)
19200
GFA (m²)
25000
NFA (m²)
22280
NFA/GFA
0.891
Density
0.046
Gross Volume (GV) (m³)
60150
Building Costs
37000000 EUR
Building Costs / m² GFA
1480
Building Costs / m² NFA
1660.682
Building Costs / m³ GV
615.129
Primary Energy (kWh/m²a)
25
Heating Energy (kWh/m²a)
17
Cooling Energy (kWh/m²a)
5
Cooling / Heating-System

natural cross ventilation except in computer lab and auditorium, these spaces are treated with conventional airconditioning.

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, evapoartive cooling, use of high thermal mass, others
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
solar heating
Key Sustainability aspects
public spaces, accessability for disabled, recycling and reuse, innovative bulding materials, participation of users in planning process
Sustainability rated
No
Social and ethical responsibility

Lebone II College is the manifestation of visionary and responsible leadership, taking today's finite wealth created by mining and investing it in top class education for the community, empowering the Bafokeng community to be self sufficient long after the mineral resources are depleted.  The physical stature of the school facilities embodies and symbolizes the importance of education to the Bafokeng Nation and their plans for the development of future generation.

Lebone II provides world class, contextually relevant education, and is also a resource center for the improvement and development of education in 45 other schools with in the Bafokeng region. The school is located in Phokeng, the largest town in the Bafokeng region, the north West Province. 

The College has capacity for 800 learners from grade R to matric. The facilities include 37 class rooms, 4 laboratories,  library, IT center, drama class, auditorium, art class, hall, refectory and kitchen, staff room, heads' offices, administration offices, clinic, 2 boardinghouses, 7 teachers' house, sports fields and courts, attenuation dams, and conservation areas, with a gross floor area of approximately 25,000m2.

Bricks and mortar alone do not make a great school top educators are also critical.  Top educators have been drawn to Lebone to be part of the Bafokeng's vision of transforming their community through education, and by the innovative facility that provides opportunities for them to teach in new and innovative ways.

An extensive scholarship program makes Lebone II accessible to all, even those from humble back grounds.  The quota of Bafokeng to non Bafokeng learners is 70% Bafokeng to 30% non Bafokeng, ensuring that most of the benefit of the school is returned to the community while still creating cultural diversity.

The facility is optimized for learning based on research revealing that people learn best in environments that provide - A sense of belonging and emotional security, flexibility in the learning environment allows for multiple different teaching methods and styles, an open and transparent learning environment stimulates sharing and accountability, physical comfort and balance nutrition for prolonged concentration. The architecture of Lebone provides these in the L shaped class rooms clustered together in a "village"

The L shaped plan of each class room wraps around a courtyard, creating a light and airy, dynamic teaching space, allowing for multiple teaching modes.  Wrapped on two sides of the class room are; ablutions, locker niches, and the teacher's office, making these more personal and less institutional.

The class rooms are clustered together forming "villages" consisting of a gradation of spaces from small locker niches shared by four learners to the amphitheater for gatherings of the whole school. This richness of communal space fosters a school community where every one belongs, promoting participation in learning.