3000 Friends Education Centre
The Xaverian Missionaries of Yarumal work across rural and marginalised regions of Kenya to promote human growth and development. Their missions are mainly based in Samburu county and they also have an educational house in Rongai, near Nairobi, where they train seminarians as well as working with the community.
BuildX Studio is the designer and builder of the new mission facilities for Yarumal’s Education Centre in Rimpa, Kenya. At the centre, they combine the studies of spirituality and prayer with agricultural work, sports and recreation, as well as work with the community. This centre seeks to be a welcoming home not only for the seminarians that are learning there but also for the communities they work with.

The first phase has been completed, with the second phase construction following in 2020.
We are hugely inspired by Yarumal’s vision to create spaces that influence the seminarian to learn and grow, and their values on learning from the land they inhabit and treating it well with environmentally-friendly practices. The building we designed is inspired on this, with healthy and safe spaces that enhance the personal and spiritual growth of the seminarians, whilst also being climate-conscious in our material choices.
Location: Rongai, Kenya
Year: 2017 – 2019
Built Area: 1,100 m²
Structural and Civil Engineers: EngPlan
Civil and MEP Engineering Partners: Max Fordham