Safe Haven Library
TYIN tegnestue Architects
The Safe Haven Library is an orphanage library building that uses concrete blocks, wood, and bamboo.
The Safe Haven Library is located at Safe Haven Orphanage, Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand. The library was built in 2009 by TYIN tegnestue Architects in partnership with NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) during a workshop to respond the needs of the orphanage. TYIN invited 15 norwegian architecture students from NTNU to participate in the design and building processes. The library was built by the student group and local labor. The construction budget for the project was spent entirely at local markets.
Ban Tha Song Yang, Thailand
~ 3400 USD (29000 NOK) Converted on May 2019
Safe Haven Orphanage children
TYIN tegnestue Architects designed the project specifically for the orphanage. The construction process is a result of a workshop developed by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in partnership with TYIN, in the year of 2009. The workshop was sponsored by Norsk Betongforening, Bygg Uten Grenser, Minera Norge, Spenncon and NTNU.
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Safe Haven Library is a one storey building with a mezzanine measuring 128 m² in total. It has a concrete base over a bad of large rocks. The wall is made of plastered concrete block which helps to cool the building during the day. The construction presents open bamboo facades providing natural ventilation throughout the structure. Ironwood for flooring is comfortable for the children. The bookshelves run the full length of the concrete wall and there is no furniture inside the building, making it suitable for different activities.
The building can be maintained by local labor with conventional construction experience.
All the components including roofing, structure and flooring can be replaced using local materials.
The building was designed to provide natural lighting and ventilation to keep the library cool during the day.
Builders should wear appropriate protective equipment such as hardhats, gloves and safety glasses while working to protect against physical injury commonly associated with heavy construction.
Girón, P., 2017, Architecture of Cooperation: TYIN Tegnestue. Technical School of Architecture of Universitat Politècnica de València.
Harboe, L., 2015, TYIN tegnestue Architects. Integrating On-Site Education and Practice. Architectural Design, 85(2), 82–87.doi:10.1002/ad.1880
TYIN tegnestue Architects designed and built a bathhouse for the orphanage simultaneously.
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