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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


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.

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Maravillosa combinación de materiales y terreno...

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

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

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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..

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

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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 ?

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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


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 can be beautiful...


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