A new school in rural Cambodia, designed and built pro-bono by Weston Williamson + Partners alongside Building Trust international officially opened on International Children’s Day. BTi worked with WW+P, Engenuiti and Integration to design a building which was flexible and adaptable meeting current and future needs. The school design comprises of three additional classrooms, a library and a covered external classroom with a play area, which doubles as a small amphitheatre.
Designs for the Sleuk Rith Institute – a new institution and genocide memorial in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh – have been unveiled. The institute brings together a museum, research centre, graduate school, document archives and research library.
The vision of Youk Chhang, a tireless human rights activist and investigator of the Khmer Rouge atrocities, the Sleuk Rith Institute was founded by Chhang as a focus for reflection, healing and reconciliation as well as an enlightening educational and research facility dedicated to commemorating the lives of the past by building a better future.
The bamboo pavilion is located in the middle of ‘Freedom park’, which is the central location for the international bamboo festival. It is the place for holding events, performances, exhibitions, and gathering area for the visitors. The bamboo pavilion reflects the abilities of bamboo as a building material. It is designed with a self-supporting structure which lends itself a characteristic form as the landmark for the festival. The pavilion reacts to the environment and is formed as a self-shaded bamboo structure. It also creates a functional community space for holding festival activities, as well providing the primary gathering area for the visitors.
Building a temple of Won Buddhism that is based on Mahayana Buddhism on Cambodia ,the Hinayana Buddhist country, makes me consider the relationship between religion and architecture as a whole. In addition to this, the meeting between symbol of the religious buildings and local traditions was something to be considered. The changes of architecture style have been with the process of combining religious style with traditions from Hindu to Buddhism. Won Buddhism is relatively young, having a mere 100 years of history, and does not have a striking architectural symbol or style. Rather than focusing on this drawback, Won Buddhism has linked itself to Khmer culture. In previous works with Won Buddhism, it is clear that religious architectural style cannot simply be set and shaped just with a proclamation; on the contrary, developing for a religion to develop a real architectural style takes a considerable amount of time. Therefore, it must be started with respect to histories and philosophies.
After an intensive rehabilitation of its emblematic architecture the Central Market in Phnom Penh was reopened on May 25th, 2011. The team, competition winner in 2005, consists of Villa Park (a Franco-Cambodian construction company) and the French international architecture Agency Arte Charpentier Architectes represented on site by His Excellency Vann Molyvann, who brought to the team all his experience and knowledge of Phnom Penh. The project is also the result of a consultation with the municipality assisted by the consulting firm Kosan and experts from the City of Paris.
Sra Pou vocational school is a vocational training center and community building in Sra Pou village, Cambodia. The school is designed by Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen from Finland and built during spring 2011. The architects took care of both building design and project management.