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What is #SAFEhouse?

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What is #SAFEhouse?

Building Trust team enter Nepal housing competition with innovative design!

Safe House is not only modular within its’ structural elements, but also within its entirety.

Earthquake resistant design principles were applied to the design in order to reduce the level of damage the building sustains during an earthquake.  The simplistic rectangular form of the building eliminates weak structural junctions, which will reduce the amount of localized failings to the structure during an earthquake.

By using reinforced raft foundations the building has a very strong base that spreads its load evenly on the ground and reduces differential settlement.  The foundation can be used to level a sloping site and mitigate problems associated with unstable terrain and soil conditions, so can be applied in most contextual situations in Nepal and Tibet.  A 200mm upstanding plinth also creates a strong connection between the foundations and the structural frame it supports.

The design has just been entered into the IKUKU design challenge, check out our design here

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Keep your fingers crossed that our design wins the challenge and helps us see our housing designed realised in Nepal.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

 

Framework House hits the Press

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Designed and constructed in partnership with local community groups, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia and COLE. Framework House delivers a safe & structured way of providing housing to low income & at risk communities. It gives Public and NGO housing providers a way of structuring community involvement without risking inflated project costs. The design allows for infill wall & floor materials that are site specific reducing the overall cost & carbon footprint. These infill areas allow for expansion and extension of the property over time by residents once skills have been shared through construction.

Our Framework House design recently made it into many online articles such as Designboom, Domus, Inhabitat and more…

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If you would like to write an article about our Framework House project please get in touch.

And see some more photos of the final design:

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Thanks for reading,

Louise

Construction of sustainable, flood resistant housing is underway in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I am very pleased to share with you the latest photos of the construction of two of the winning house designs from The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia competition. The winners were announced in March and we are very happy to see progress of the builds on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

‘Open Embrace’ by Lisa Ekle & Keith Greenwald’s design allowed for the selected family of 5 to have an open house design made from both brick and wood.

Construction worker at Open Embrace site
Construction worker at Open Embrace site

The house has been constructed under the supervision of the Habitat for Humanity Cambodia team and a local workforce skilled in building houses.

Open Embrace
Open Embrace

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The second design which has recently finished construction is Courtyard House by Jess Lumley and Alexander Koller from the UK. Their design was chosen by a family who needed a space to keep chickens.

Family consultation at Courtyard House
Family consultation at Courtyard House

The family were brought to the construction site to discuss with the Habitat for Humanity Cambodia team about their house design.

Courtyard House under construction
Courtyard House under construction
Courtyard House is complete
Courtyard House is complete

With two of the three homes complete and the families settled into their new homes, I look forward to sharing with you photos of the third winning design WET/DRY house very soon.

Many thanks once again for the amazing support and assistance of the Habitat for Humanity Cambodia team and their local workforce for creating such fantastic homes for families very much in need.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Opening night of the Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodian Exhibition

On Thursday 16th May, The Future of Sustainable Housing In Cambodia exhibition opened to the public. A wide range of visitors from a variety of backgrounds and professions came to see the short listed and winning housing designs from Building Trust’s 3rd International design competition.

The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia Exhibition
The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia Exhibition

It was fantastic to work with local Cambodian architecture students, who created 1 to 20 scale models of some of the housing designs. These were showcased at the exhibition and received a lot of attention. They were a fantastic addition to the exhibition and allowed visitors to see a 3D representation of the housing designs. Many thanks to the team of students who constructed the models.

Phase House Model
Phase House Model

It was great to see the number of local students who attended the exhibition and had a real interest in learning about the future possibilities of housing in Cambodia. Several local professors attended and were very keen to set similar design competitions to their students as part of their curriculum.

I look forward to updating you with the progress of the project and photos from the live builds which will start at the end of the month, providing three low income families with their chosen housing design.

Opening night
Opening night

Thanks for reading, please see more photos from the exhibition here

Louise

 

The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia exhibition.

An update from Cambodia!

I am currently working on the preparation for The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia exhibition which will be held at Meta House Gallery in Phnom Penh from 17 to 23rd May.  The exhibition will showcase low cost, flood resistant, sustainable housing designs that aim to shape the future of housing in Cambodia. The event will showcase architects work from around the globe focused on creating a more sustainable future for Cambodia’s poor. The winning and short listed designs are from the recent International Design competition which Building Trust International hosted alongside Habitat for Humanity, Karuna Cambodia and the Cambodian Society of Architects.

If you are in Phnom Penh during the time of the exhibition please do pop along to check out the fantastic designs on display. Alongside the designs there will also be scale models of some of the projects. We are currently working alongside students from local Cambodian Universities including the Royal University of Fine Arts to produce the models. It is fantastic to have the support of the local students some of whom actually entered the Cambodian Housing competition!

Model Making with local students
Model Making with local students

I look forward to updating next week with photos from the exhibition which has been kindly sponsored by Hongkong Land one of Asia’s leading property investment, management and development groups.

Many thanks for reading!

Louise

Publicity and Promotion

One of my main aims while on my Vodafone WOD placement is to increase the awareness of the work Building Trust carry out. Over the last few weeks I have been working hard to publicise the work of my chosen charity and promote the results of the Cambodian housing competition. In a previous blog I shared with you the winning and short listed designs from the competition. I would like to share with you some of the fantastic articles which have been written about the competition results:

Article by Inhabitat
Article by Inhabitat

The above article was published on Inhabitat’s website,  the piece generated a high level of social media activity and promotion with over 550 Facebook shares. You can read the full article here

I was able to gain coverage in international Architecture and Design press such as The Architect’s Journal,  E-Architect, ArchDaily and World Architecture News. I would like to thank the journalists and writers for their assistance in further promoting the work of the three NGO’s involved.

I have been reaching out to international press to cover the competition results and was able to secure a live radio interview on Radio Australia with David Cole, Director of Building Trust International. I hope that with the wide spread coverage of the competition we will widen the exposure for the NGO’s involved and highlight the increased need to provide sustainable new housing solutions to low income families in Cambodia.

A great article about the Cambodian Housing project was placed in last weekend’s edition of the Phnom Penh Post. I hope this will assist in promoting  the exhibition of winning and short listed designs which will be held in Phnom Penh in May.

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Many thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing photos of the completed house builds with you soon.

Louise