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CAMBODIA 2015

Protect | Respect | Empower

In this challenge, we asked the international creative community to come up with designs for a floating medical, research, and educational structure(s) to serve the 1.2 million people on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, many of which living on unique, traditional, and increasingly rare nomadic floating villages.

The lake is an important UNESCO biosphere and South-East Asia’s largest lake. It is a vital environmental incubator which, unfortunately, faces increasing dangers in today’s contemporary world.

The aim of the competition was to seek out ways to safeguard both the local population and their culture, but also the ecosystem of this precious body of water, home to many rare species of birds and fish.

Charitable Cause:
The competition ran in support of a the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), a local NGO based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Popularity:
The competition reached huge international success. 601 people from 51 differenct countries from all continents participated in the challenge in 243 teams. Participants included students, university research groups, academics, architects and multidisciplinary teams of doctors and scientists.

Recognition:
The competition was awarded a third place in Bustler’s Top Competitions of 2015 Awards.

Exhibitions:
The competition was showcased in an exhibition curated in association with the Architectural Review from 22nd January to 11th February 2016 in KPF’s Gallery, Covent Garden, London. Click here to read more about the exhibit.

Currently, we are planning an exhibition to be hosted in Boston Architecture College’s Gallery, Boston, USA. More information coming soon…


Winner

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  • Natthapol Pongplanchai
  • Pratchaya Lertruck Sadee
  • Porncharoen Oranratmanee
  • Phanin Chantalert
(Thailand)
HYBRID{GE} The project initially starts from one single house for 7 family members along with sustainable mechanical and engineering system integrated; passive and active design has been applied, consisting of water treatment system, anaerobic digester for biogas production, turbine generator for electricity and algae energy phase in the future. Including passive architectural design, bamboo has integrated as major material for the whole project which would be floated on the lake’s surface appropriately. Regarding that statement, project itself range from small to urban scale which would help improving people’s qualities of life through this design fabric and also architecturally sustain. So…
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Runner-up

  • Dragoş Georgian Năstase
  • Dana Ioana Tudor
  • Ileana Cristina Bălan
(Romania)
Everything is connected, linked. Everything is constantly in reaction to surrounding factors, everything works like an organism. This is our motto in finding a solution for the Tonle Sap Biosphere.…
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People's Choice

  • Shenhan Zhu
  • Jingqiu Zhang
(Hong Kong)
Derived from the fact that activities in floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake are extremely unstable and uncertain, which overlap and mutate all the time according to the drastic environmental…
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Honourable Mentions

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  • Joe Roberts
(UK)
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  • Wong Yow Han
(Malaysia)
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  • Aldrich Choy
  • Chad Seah
(Singapore)
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  • Patcharada Inplang
  • Suvitchpong Asanachinta
  • Arthur Vergne
(Thailand / France)
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  • Huy Dara
  • Young Jun Choi
  • Hyeong Jin Jo
(South Korea)
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  • Laura Yeginsoy
  • Eliane Csernay
(Switzerland)

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Jury Members

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Arthur Andersson

Andersson-Wise Architects

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Arthur Andersson

Andersson-Wise Architects

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Andrea Maynard

Austin Maynard Architects

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Andrea Maynard

Austin Maynard Architects

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Camillo Boano

Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett (UCL)

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Camillo Boano

Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett (UCL)

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Christine Murray

Editor in Chief, The Architectural Review

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Christine Murray

Editor in Chief, The Architectural Review

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Elena Douvlou

Metropolitan College Athens / Boston Architectural College

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Elena Douvlou

Metropolitan College Athens / Boston Architectural College

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Ingrid Bille

BilleBeyeScheid Architects

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Ingrid Bille

BilleBeyeScheid Architects

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Massimo Forese

+39 Architects

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Massimo Forese

+39 Architects

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Mathilde Marengo

IaaC Barcelona

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Mathilde Marengo

IaaC Barcelona

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Perry Hooper

Grimshaw Architects

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Perry Hooper

Grimshaw Architects

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Shaun O’Rourke

Boston Architectural College

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Shaun O’Rourke

Boston Architectural College

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Tom Kundig

Olson Kundig Architects

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Tom Kundig

Olson Kundig Architects

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Andrea Verenini

Editor, Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Editor, Eleven Magazine