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An Unusual School

Museum Pavilion Becomes New School for Orphans in Nigeria

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The Hamlet Pavilion at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen, Denmark. Below, the reassembled pavilion in Nairobi, Kenya

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PHOTOS BY IWAN BAAN

School became a bit brighter for children in Africa's largest slum last year. A colorful pavilion designed by Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano journeyed from a museum near Copenhagen, Denmark to Nairobi, Kenya's Kibera neighborhood, where it now serves as a school for hundreds of orphans. Transporting the former art exhibit was no easy feat, though. After the project team dismantled and shipped the 150-square-meter (1,615-square-foot) structure— made from chipboard, sheets of polycarbonate plastic and scaffolding—Kenyan authorities impounded it at customs. Six weeks later, the £25,000 pavilion finally arrived at its new home.

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