Two classrooms for Montic

The video for the first phase of construction
The full construction diary
The Science Center Booklet

To the first day on the construction site


Project participants

Conducted by:
Ithuba Skills College, Johannesburg
S2arch, social and sostainable architecture, Wien: Elias Rubin

Ithuba Community College, Johannesburg
S2arch, social and sostainable architecture, Wien: Elias Rubin, Marlene Wagner

RWTH Aachen – Faculty of Architecture
Department of Building Typologies and Design Basics:
Dipl.-Ing. Bernadette Heiermann, Dipl.-Ing. Nora Elisabeth Müller, Dipl.-Ing. Judith Reitz
Department of Structures and Structural Design:
Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Koj
Department of Theory of Architecture:
Prof.Dr. Manfred Speidel mit Tatsuya Tokura

Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH: Dipl.-Ing. Markus Krauss, Felix Pöhler
Engineers Without Borders
Regional Group Aachen

Completion: spring 2012

Construction diary


Five years ago, the Ithuba Skills College was founded by a European/South African NGO in Montic, south of Johannesburg, with the purpose of furnishing African teenagers from very poor backgrounds with a knowledge in English and Natural Sciences, but also practical basic skills like bricklaying, carpentry, sewing or electrical fitting during a five-year training. A special feature of the school is that all buildings and classrooms, as well as the auditorium and library, are planned by European architecture faculties and built on site in collaboration with local students, artisans and volunteers.


The building consists of two classrooms for biology and chemistry lessons, a room for free time as well as the necessary adjoining rooms. The project is supervised by the Departments of Building Technology and Structures. For the purchase of materials and tools we are 100% dependent on the financial aid of commited companies and private persons. All costs for flights and accomodation on site are paid by the students themselves.
In the spring of 2012, another group of students and tutors will fly to South Africa to conclude the current project.




Team 2011 I 2012