26 October 2011

The design in progress

The design process of the Youth Center is going well. The room program has been altered a little bit according to the feedback we got from the second phase of the design and the architectural concept of the building has been completed. Now we are turning our focus to the technical issues and detailing.

The functional concept of the building can be presented by the above picture. The indoor spaces of the building have been divided into two parts. In the smaller part there are workshops downstairs and dormitories upstairs and in the larger part there are the multipurpose space, the doctor's office and the kitchen downstairs and the classroom, the library and the office upstairs. The heart of the Youth Center is in the shaded outdoor terrace in the middle were the youth and the local people can gather and spend time.

The technical concept can be seen above. The building is lifted up from the ground to protect it from the floods that might reach knee hight in Kouk Khleang. The large eaves and bamboo mesh covered terrace zones protect the users and the structures from rain and sun. The indoor spaces and roof structure are naturally ventilated.

Luckily we have skillful structural engineers to work with us and we are happy to continue our co-operation with them to bring the design to a more detailed level.

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