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Adventurous Global School / Orient Occident Atelier

Adventurous Global School / Orient Occident Atelier

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong © Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong © Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong © Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong + 20

  • Design Team: Kenrick Wong, Magic Kwan, Christie Yeung, Jasmine Chan
  • Clients: Adventurous Global Schools
  • Collaborators : PTD Cambodia
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© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
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Text description provided by the architects. The school transforms the construction site itself into a learning kit. The building is not only a traditional lecture space but a proactive space for learning design, construction, and spatial creativity. During construction, students will take part in some manageable design. Local kids explore new uses of space by action. They climb the "Griddy" construction as though it's a jungle gym.

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

The school is a versatile architectural building envelope. There are spatial flexibilities to the end-users‚ the "Griddy" detail ironmongeries allow the re-configuration of the openings, shelves, and lockers. The wall is a double layer steel frame with local wood plates allowing storage and even vertical circulation. The ground classrooms are seamlessly connected with adjacent houses and fields, thereby catering to different events, learning activities, and class sizes. The relation between interior and exterior can thus be customized by the users in the future. It's a welcoming space in which other villagers and students can always see what's going on and join the classes.

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

The design utilizes vernacular methodologies and material. Bricks, GMS, and wood were discovered from the region which is common building materials. Levitated concrete structure mitigates flooding problems and preserves the traditional Cambodian ground floor open space. Local construction methodology was used - cost-saving and also empowers people with local skills. The use of the local construction methodologies enabled cost-savings and empowered people with local skills to help build with efficiency. 

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
Long section
Long section
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© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

The project preserves the village context with a bottom-up design approach. The school development triggers various improvements for the rural village. 

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

We believe in the power of architecture enriching the lives of those improvised. The school design empowers the teachers and students to constantly engage in design, redesign, and utilize the teaching and learning spaces that best suit their interests and curriculum needs. The school embodies a versatile architectural building envelope named "Griddy". Its detail and ironmongeries allow the re-configuration of the openings, shelves, and lockers. The wall consists of a double layer steel frame with local timber plates inserted allowing storage and even vertical circulation.

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

The ground classrooms are seamlessly connected with adjacent houses and fields, in which its relationship between the interior and exterior can be customized by the users, thereby catering to different event needs, learning activities, and class sizes. It's a welcoming space in which other villagers and students can always see what's going on and join the classes. After the school was set up, more power supply, tuck shops, water filtration systems were set up around. The building is not merely a cluster of classrooms but a social hub where the provision of education, sanitation, retail, community infrastructure, gathering space, etc. could be possible, hence improving the daily lives of the villagers. Over the course of 3 years, it has attracted dozens of volunteers to help build and teach at the site. 

© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

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Address: Sneung, Cambodia

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Cite: "Adventurous Global School / Orient Occident Atelier" 12 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/939393/adventurous-global-school-orient-occident-atelier/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong

柬埔寨国际冒险学校,全民参与建设 / Orient Occident Atelier

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