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Thon Mun Community Centre
Takeo, Cambodia
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Thom Mun Community Center is situated northeast of Takeo town in

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Category:
education
Phase:
in use
Design:
Project Little Dream - Francis Wong, James Mak, Nelson Huen, Alison Cheng, Anthony Chu, Tiffany Leung, Lam Long Tat, Ophenia Wong
Updated:
28 October 2015
introduction

Thom Mun Community Center is situated northeast of Takeo town in Cambodia. The center's main function is to provide free classes to children and offer a public gathering place, activating the local pagoda complex into a public arena. With 65 volunteers and local craftsmen the center was completed in two winter phases.

The project is composed of two classrooms on a raised platform, enveloped by a series of porous bamboo screens. The ceiling bamboo screen extends between the two volumes connecting them to create a shaded corridor overlooking a horizon of rice fields.

The Sanitation Facilities completed in 2013 employed a heavier approach. While maintaining the simplicity in form, the gabion wall signifies the volunteering efforts. We collected the rubbles of temples destroyed in the area to fill up the wire cages. The gabion wall became a manifestation of historical strata reconstructed as the future of civility and social cohesion.

cultural and social context

According to the recent General Population Census of Cambodia, the urban – rural population ratio in most regions in Cambodia was skewing towards a predominant rural population1. We suggest that a diversification from a predominantly agricultural industry could be an active form of urban design in a village setting. If urbanization is a process through which social mobility is encouraged, education offered in the Community Centre provides an opportunity for individuals living in Thon Mun Village the mobility to enter other industries apart from agriculture.

Pagoda Plaza

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Healthcare Awareness Day

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materials and building techniques

Project Little Dream envisions technology as a collaborative exploration of cultural practices with environmental consciousness. Thon Mun Village Community Centre was completely constructed by local village builders with the help of student volunteers internationally. Therefore, technology is the conversation between design and construction in re-inventing local building practices. Thon Mun Community Centre is composed of two main classrooms on a raised platform, enveloped with a series of porous bamboo screens. With limited access of machineries, the wooden structure was hand-crafted by local carpenters. Widely available bamboos were installed as porous screens to delineate interiority. The ceiling bamboo screen extends between the two volumes connecting them to create a corridor of shaded area overlooking a horizon of rice fields. The Sanitation Facilities completed in 2012 employed a heavier approach in constructing partitions. With one side facing the flood-prone rice fields in rainy seasons, the protective wall was constructed by an experimentation of gabion components. While maintaining the simplicity in form, the gabion wall signifies the volunteering efforts. We collected the rubbles of temples destroyed in the area to fill up the wire cages. The gabion wall became a manifestation of historical strata reconstructed as the future of civility and social cohesion.

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Classroom

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In class

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Sanitation Facility

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Project LIttle Dream Cambodia 2012 Team

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Portal2

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Whole view

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Sanitation Facility - Gabion wall

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technical drawings
Site Plan

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