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Hand-Made School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh

Courtesy of B.K.S. Inan/Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Hand-Made School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh

This prize-winning village school, designed by a pair of young German architects—Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag—and built using local materials and methods, looks like something Norman Foster would make…if his clients favored mud and bamboo. It’s a remarkably elegant building—especially the bamboo roof structure—made from cheap, low-tech materials. And little gestures, like the colorful curtains hanging in every doorway, highlight the schoolhouse’s simple beauty.

Road Trip: Rudrapur is a solid 230 miles from Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka, a 10-hour drive. But the countryside is reputed to be “verdant.”

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