Soaring arches, broken tiles: why Gaudí’s style was perfect for Senegal

Experts from Barcelona combined local techniques and materials with the tradition of the Catalan master to build new school

At first sight the school buildings that have sprung up in Thionck Essyl in Senegal resemble a lost work by Antonio Gaudí.

The strikingly-designed school, where classes began in October, is the work of a group of volunteers led by the Barcelona architect David Garcia and his colleague Lluís Morón, who established a foundation to crowdfund the project.

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