There are many meaningful village school projects in the world. To go further, our charity school project challenges the followings:
Transforming the construction site itself into a learning kit
The school building is not only a traditional lecture space but a proactive space for learning design, construction and spatial creativity. During construction, students will take part in some manageable design. Local kids explore the new uses of space by action. They climb the "Griddy" construction as though it's a jungle gym.
Versatile Architectural Building Envelope
There are spatial flexibilities to the end-users‚ the "Griddy" detail ironmongeries allow the re-configuration of the openings, shelves and lockers. The wall is a double layer steel frame with local wood plates allowing storage and even vertical circulation. The ground classrooms are seamlessly connected with adjacent houses and fields, thereby catering different events, learning activities and class sizes. The relation between interior and exterior can thus be customized by the users in the future. It's a welcoming space in which other villagers and students can always see what's going on and join the classes.
Vernacular methodologies and material
Bricks, GMS and wood were discovered from that region which are common building materials. Levitated concrete structure mitigates flooding problem, meanwhile, gives a traditional Cambodian ground floor open space. Also, we make use of the local construction methodology - cost-saving and also empowers people with local skills.
Bottom-up Influence on Urban Context
The school development triggers various improvements for the rural village. After the school was set up, more power supply, tuck shops, water filtration system were set up around. The building is not just classrooms but a social condenser where provide education, sanitation, retails, infrastructure and a gathering space for the daily life of locals.
Site Area: 530sqm
Building Area: 200sqm
Floors: Ground Floor, First Floor
Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong, Christie Yeung, Jasmine Chan
Adventurous Global School by Orient Occident Atelier | OOA | 東西建築 in Cambodia won the WA Award Cycle 34. Please find below the WA Award poster for this project.
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