Building Trust International
Cambodian shelter prototype
Phom Phenn, Cambodia
The Camboo House was originally designed – in collaboration with Alessandro Turchi – for the Cambodian Sustainable Housing, international design competition hosted by Building Trust International with the support of Karuna Cambodia to help the people of Cambodia.
After the competition was submitted we keeped working on this project as Alessandro put on it the basis for his Master Degree Thesis, and I was one of his academic Advisors.
From the competition brief:
The aim of this competition is to design a sustainable house for Cambodia’s future.
The design should have a sensitivity to the tropical surroundings and where possible provide a sustainable solution that enhances the local architectural tradition, in which renewable resources like clay, bamboo and palm leaves are used to provide natural temperature and humidity regulation. Cost per unit should be capped at US$2000 . However, the jury will be looking for projects that attempt to reduce this figure and would expect basic wash, toilet and kitchen facilities to be included as well as material and labour costs.
The design moved from the following factors:
- Climate and weather
- Flooding adaptability to varying site conditions
- Local environmental factors and contextual issues
- Affordable and sustainable local material selection
- Ability to be personalised and further adapted by inhabitants, can the house be customised and extended
- affordability for Cambodian families