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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Safe Haven Library in Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand by TYIN tegnestue Architects

January 14th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TYIN tegnestue Architects

In January 2009, TYIN invited 15 Norwegian architect students from NTNU to participate in a workshop at the Safe Haven Orphanage, Thailand. Associate Professor Hans Skotte and architect Sami Rintala led the workshop.

Bookshelves run the whole length of the back wall of the library giving room to hundreds of books in all kinds of languages, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

  • Architects: TYIN tegnestue Architects
  • Project: Safe Haven Library
  • Location: Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand
  • Photography: Pasi Aalto
  • Client: Safe Haven Orphanage          
  • Project: Library       
  • Cost: 29 000 NOK / 3 800 EUR
  • Building period: 12th – 29th January 2009     
  • Area: 128m2            
  • Built by: Professors and students from NTNU         
  • Students: Pasi Aalto, Jan Kristian Borgen, Mari Folven, Ragnhild Forde, Sunniva Vold Huus, Olav Fasetbru Kildal, Lene M. N. Kvaerness, Oda Moen Most, Orjan Nyheim, Karoline Salomonsen, Anne Sandnes, Ola Sendstad, Kristoffer B. Thorud, Caroline Tjernas, Anders Sellevold Aaseth
  • Professors: Sami Rintala, Hans Skotte 
  • Collaborator: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
  • Sponsors: Norsk Betongforening, Bygg Uten Grenser, Minera Norge, Spenncon, NTNU

Tasanees house and the Library in front of the majestic burmese mountains across the river, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

The most pressing needs at the orphanage was a new sanitary building and a library. TYIN worked on the sanitary building, together with the Karen workers from Noh Bo. While the workshop participants focused their efforts on the library. With the assistance of TYIN and NTNU professors the Safe Haven Library was completed in only two weeks.

The upper floor, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

The library was built using local materials and labor. All the money spent on the project was used in the nearby markets. The concrete base of the library is casted on a bed of large rocks gathered on-site. The walls consist of plastered concrete blocks and cool the building during the day.

The library is divided in two pieces with a walkway through the building. The biggest boulders was cast into the project as a stepping-stone between the two parts, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

The simple construction of the open bamboo facades provided ample natural ventilation throughout the whole structure. Iron wood make up the solid frame construction and serves as a comfortable floor for the children to play on. The bookshelves are a floor to ceiling height structure that runs the full length of the concrete wall and the floor remains unfurnished to give room different activities. The entrance creates a comfortable buffer zone between a small computer area on one side and a larger library room on the other.

Kids playing cards in the Safe Haven Library, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

The most important thing to the Tasanee is that her children have food and an education. The library enables the children of the Safe Haven Orphanage to have a space to do homework, use a computer with internet and read books. The new building has also attained the important role of a gathering space and is frequently used for making crafts and playing games.

The large group of students made the foundation for the library using local rocks with a top layer of concrete, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

Finishing off the last part of the concrete floor, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

Cooperation to mount the wooden frame to the back wal, Image Courtesy © Pasi Aalto

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

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