Bomnong L’or Centre

Structural Designer

StructureMode

Client Name

Help the Cambodian Children, Bomnong L’or Centre

Location

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS AND CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEERS

Orkidstudio 

FABRIC MANUFACTURER AND SUPPLIER

Proserve Ltd

CONSTRUCTION TEAM

Local people - 50% female who were paid for their time.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

These new school and community buildings were erected by a largely unskilled workforce of Orkidstudio volunteers and local people in eight weeks, during monsoon season.

The centre uses a “Fabric formwork” design - a simple and robust construction method for casting reinforced concrete beams and columns. StructureMode researched and tested the technique both physically and using computer analysis, before producing 3D sequencing diagrams to illustrate and simplify the construction process.

 

Judge's comment:

The judges enjoyed this practical application of a fabric formwork system for concrete. While it did not use all the potential benefits of self-shaped structure, it did overcome all the practical challenges of anchoring the sometimes large tensions in the fabric itself using basic carpentry available in this remote location.