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Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue

  • 01:00 - 3 August, 2009
Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue
Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue

Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ban Tha Song Yang 63150, Burma
  • Architects

    TYIN Tegnestue
  • Project team Students

    Pasi Aalto. Jan Kristian Borgen, Mari Folven, Ragnhild Førde, Sunniva Vold Huus, Olav Fåsetbru Kildal, Lene M. N. Kværness, Oda Moen Møst, Ørjan Nyheim, Karoline Salomonsen, Anne Sandnes, Ola Sendstad, Kristoffer B. Thørud, Caroline Tjernås, Anders Sellevold Aaseth
  • Project Team Professors

    Hans Skotte & Sami Rintala
  • Client

    Safe Haven Orphanage
  • Budget

    29.000 NOK (Approx. 4,650 USD)
  • Sponsors

    Norsk Betongforening, Bygg uten grenser, Minera Norge, Spenncon, Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)
  • Project Year

    2009

In January 2009 TYIN invited 15 norwegian architect students from NTNU to participate in a workshop at the Safe Haven Orphanage. The workshop was led by Associate Professor Hans Skotte and architect Sami Rintala. The most immediate needs at the orphanage was a library and a new sanitary building. TYIN worked on a bathhouse, together with the Karen workers from Noh Bo, while the workshop participants put their efforts into the library.

The concrete base of the library is cast on a bed of large rocks gathered on-site. Walls made of plastered concrete blocks cools the building during the day, while the open bamboo facade gives a good ventilation. Iron wood makes up the solid frame construction and serves as comfortable floor for the children to play on.

The bookshelves run along the concrete walls in their full height, and the floor is left unfurnished to give room for different activities. The entrance, creates a comfortable buffer between the outdoors and indoors and divides the ground floor into a small computer area on one side and a larger library room on the other.

The most important thing to Tasanee is that her children are provided food and education. In the library the children at Safe Haven Orphanage now have a space to do homework, use a computer with internet and read books written in different languages. The new building has also attained the important role of a gathering space and is frequently used for play, games and crafts.

That NTNU, as an educational institution, contributes to workshops like this is of great importance. It creates a unique opportunity for young, skilled students to engage real problems and make decisions with real consequences.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Safe Haven Library / TYIN Tegnestue" 03 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/30764/safe-haven-library-tyin-tegnestue/>
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Natalia · April 21, 2012

Amazing! I would love to get involved in stuff like this as an architecture student!

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Nelson H.Benignus · February 14, 2012

tho...this project is simple...yet...inspiring.
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Nelson H.Benignus · February 14, 2012

Awesome!!
i've always been interested in doing this sort of project for community.....a way of giving back to the society / community that needs our skill and our talents as Graduate Architects / architects!!

anyone know how I could get involve in this sort of projects?

thanks!

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beautiful; and very well photographed

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Gregory · March 08, 2010

whats all the fuss about?
good but quite ordinary too.
there are thousands of these projects, very vernacular.

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Q: How many architects does it take to build a shed?
A: 15, apparantly (but it does get a cutesy "native" feel)

Harry from Australia · March 04, 2010

It is thoughtful that these students have given the users their ideas and their time, and that they are using what they have learnt to help others in a less fortunate position. It's a victory of architecture, with such a great outcome being made possible from limited resources. The virtues that I'm taking from this project are really honourable.

But in reality, I can't help but see this as a primarily self-fulfilling project, where those in a vulnerable position are being used as instruments.

Is this really a revolutionary piece of work? Or is it simply people doing their best to help out those in need - in this case architecture students? Good on them for doing that, but let's not jump ahead of ourselves.

As an aid worker who has devoted much of the past decade to working in South-East Asia, the accolades that this project is receiving trivialise the conditions faced by the majority of the populations in need.

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Bo · March 04, 2010

Wouldn't the community benefit more in the long-term from having a library where the books won't rot from moisture?

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Will be a classic!!!

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Modern Zen Architecture · January 20, 2010

I'd like to hear updates on this. Something so awe-inspiring should be replicated in many more locations with the same basic needs! Kudos!

Adhitecture · January 20, 2010

4 billion thumbs up!!!

dujjit · December 01, 2009

BEATIFULL

gyl · August 24, 2009

this is what we should do..raw,peaceful,beautiful,very thailand...and inspiring!

Emerson Gámez B. · August 22, 2009

BEATIFULL

vozdelmonte · August 20, 2009

Maravillosa combinación de materiales y terreno...

¡¡Esto sí que es arquitectura!!

Congratulations

darkfray · August 18, 2009

The stair is so lovely

JP from Dallas · August 13, 2009

I can see this project as the AIA award of the year.

Igor · August 12, 2009

tenia buen rato sin observar un proyecto con tanto significado, vale la pena, felicidades Arq's.

Jóse · August 06, 2009

Hermoso... Arquitectura aprovechando los materiales del lugar sin ser pretenciosa. La simpleza del oficio...

Nico · August 05, 2009

Perfect! Beauty low tech proyect, even than any other hi tech...

NIM · August 05, 2009

I do appreciate the effort of TYIN in being there and helpign the unfortunate marginalised group in the developing world.

The TYIN's designs for this village are in general inspirational by the humble characters, interesting details, the use of local materials, interaction with the locals. But like Soe Ker Tie house, the specific concerns on the tropical climate seems not so effective. They should really experiment with any kind of surface as key ideas protecting the burning sun beam and monsoon storm to create more viable transitional spaces.

d · August 05, 2009

it's not easy to think and create in context like this, especially when u're very common to the extravagant side of architecture. a very good work.. thumbs up..

laura · August 05, 2009

Cuando sólo se crea "arquitectura por arquitectura", porque entonces sucede que la profesión se queda coja, mutilada; la finalidad de las profesiones, y del estudio en general es crear realmente aportes a la sociedad y responder a las necesidades del ser humano. Excelente proyecto.

Wargo · August 05, 2009

Beautiful design, nice for children

meen · August 04, 2009

i like this!

patricioj · August 04, 2009

I agree martin (number 1 ) says... this proyect is perfect..

athena · August 04, 2009

damn good!

Punjabi · August 04, 2009

what so good bout this??? just because it look humble, local context,yada yada yada....doesnt mean its well designed...

Juni · August 06, 2009 07:04 PM

Yes this project totally works what is not good about it ?

d · August 05, 2009 07:04 AM

what's not good about this????

Juni · August 04, 2009

Elegant and lovely. Really well executed.

fco jesús · August 04, 2009

si MIES lo viese...

Pablo · August 04, 2009

Excelente, para mi esto es verdadera Arquitectura, lo justo y necesario sin excederse en caprichos formales, materiales, etc.

james · August 04, 2009

lovely

me · August 04, 2009

perfect! inspirational! amazing! refreshing!
this is why im studying architecture...not for the magazines and "fame"

german osorio · August 04, 2009

how do you prevent from rain to get to the books trough the bamboo wall??? thats where the books are right???

pepech · August 04, 2009

Exciting, simple, and most of all TRUE. I'm really impressed.

Clos · August 04, 2009

.. el futuro de la arquitectura!.. excelente proyecto..

DzetaB · August 04, 2009 08:37 PM

oh yes in deed...

Thomas · August 04, 2009

Oh gee. The students drew a shed. I bet the kids really care that the "rock for a stair" was taken from the site! Theres not even a raised shelf to place the sandals on. The spiders can just crawl right in. Great!

INawe · August 04, 2009 12:51 AM

Better than someone telling them, "Hey kid... sit on that rock and read a book will ya. I got better things to do than build you a library."

You can take your arachnaphobia and leave your comments elsewhere.

Scarpasez · August 04, 2009

Raw but elegant. Beautiful, contextual, real, focused and vital...everything you want your architecture to be. Bravo, students!

StructureHub Blog · August 03, 2009

What is it about arch students that results in great-for-the-money architecture?

Alexander · March 08, 2010 03:35 AM

they have yet to be corrupted by money, and have none to speak of for themselves. :D

jan · August 03, 2009

i iove thailand.
i am thai.

hanoi · August 03, 2009

Nice photos for the beautiful architecture!I like this kind of local architecture.

dp · August 03, 2009

Honesta, simple, preciosa!!!

senn · August 03, 2009

beautiful?so warm

Dragan · August 03, 2009

Ohhhh, so amazing... :D

martin · August 03, 2009

PERFECT ! one of the best projects ever presented on this website...

Didier · August 03, 2009 05:19 PM

architecture for the people..raw..amazing...cheap can be beautiful...

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