OFFICES AND TRAINING CENTER research
lift + stairs
lift + stairs
"Mapping" spaces is a diagram of relationships between spaces that includes links, size of the space. In addition to the access, and for different users inside the building.
CENTRE FOR PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES
sun shadow sequence
window Allowing natural light without
pipes, elect, etc rotating windows glass wall
brick wall 4-5mts
CLIMATE+CONFORT+STRUCTURE The building is designed to maximize the use of natural light which is key to the position of Cambodia in the globe. However, this needs to be controlled, not having a solar direct light and overheat the building. That is why the use of “succession or sequence” of plans (walls/windows) is used to control the comfort of the building. Walls in succession, cover the whole building preventing the direct radiation of the sun at the inside of the building, allowing light. In addition, the connection of the inside and outside is a semi direct connection by the transparency of the facades and rhythm. Cross ventilation is an important element. This technology is present in Cambodian vernacular architecture. The vertical scale is high to increase the movement of the air. In addition to moveable windows that can be opened all around the building, interior corridors of ventilation and fans connected to a solar panel system in the roof are part of the technology of ventilation to create a building with a low impact on the environment.
“Peace architecture would be one in which the Physical space did more good than harm”. Based on A.Curle idea of Peace relationships.
Is a way of thinking about architecture as a practice using peacebuilding lens in the way it is conceptualized and implemented, acknowledges the psychosocial and cultural aspects of the users. Learning from the vernacular architecture and including modern techniques to create a physical space that encourages change, non-violent actions, empowerment, learning and reflection for conflict transformation.
the direct sun
The building’s structure is a simple grid with 4 to 5m between each column. The bearing walls will be built by combining steel, concrete and brick. The partition walls will be built in brick depending on specification and by single panel partition. Except for the accordion wall, connecting two training rooms built by specification of a contractor. The structure of the stairs will be a core structure of steel covered with glass.
column glass walls
core of stairs
THE CONCEPT The lotus is a flower that grows in ponds and rivers. All along the Asian region, this elegant and beautiful flower has been transformed to a local icon in life. Its associated with purity, abundance and beauty. Moreover, it has been adapted to life as part of the social-cultural practices of rituals and life for the Asian region. Ornaments, food, an element of rituals or a handicraft, the lotus flower is part of life in Asia.
LOTUS FLOWER In Battambang by: dd
LOTUS FLOWERS HANDICRAFTS In Siem Reap by: dd
One of the main reasons to pick this element to do an analogy of design is that ponds being its natural habitat. It is an analogy of post-conflict, at present Cambodia's stage. The past of Cambodia is a difficult and painful one, but still Cambodia keeps being a beautiful flower after the rough times.
In the aim of empowerment and perhaps as encouragement, the lotus flower will “feed” us with knowledge, with a physical space for inspiration, learning, reflection, research and sharing to find the way to contribute to a proces of "Peace writ large"
LOTUS FLOWERS ORIGAMI
2d abstraction by: dd
3d abstraction by: dd
The architectural design of the offices and training center for the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia