Category: Architecture + Engineering
Title: Kindergarten Mea Nork
Name/s: Anne-Catherine Greiner
Medium, Object: Building Concept
University/s: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Supervision: Prof. Dirk E. Hebel, Daniel Lenz, Manuel Rausch
The NGO »Smiling Gecko« has been active for several years in rural areas in Cambodia. In 2014, work was begun on the construction of an agriculture based community in Mea Nork, 60 kilometres north of the capital city. There is already a school there that serves around 1,200 children. Now, an adjacent kindergarten is planned. This is also intended to provide safety for the young ones as well as a chance for free development and maturation. As a spatial manifestation of the playful investigation, the Mea Nork Kindergarten is embedded in the characteristic landscape. Respecting local communities and ecosystems, the structure functions as a mechanism for living in harmony with extreme weather conditions and for learning with and from each other.
60 kilometres north of Phnom Penh, the »Mea Nork Kindergarten« is being developed, having received support from a foreign school. With its climate-necessitated openness and its natural materiality with the environment, the planned organic ensemble grows together with its surroundings and becomes an open, walkable intricacy with its own floor plan structures. With the use of bamboo and reed materials, it presents a conscientious interpretation of local building traditions as well as a way of addressing environmental and social issues through architecture.