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Doctor Christophe Merieux University Center : Mekong children

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 2009

The Center was created for the academic support of disadvantaged students from countrysides supported by the association to study in Phnom Penh. The building was designed to reduce operating costs. Natural aeration  and ceiling fans were preferred air conditioning in the rooms. The building is made up of two frame bodies separated by a central vacuum which provides permanent ventilation to classrooms through. The ground floor under stilts, like the traditional Cambodian houses, gives way to an indoor sports area and an outdoor dining hall. The entire building is surrounded by concrete slabs which form a sun protection and unify the two bodies of built. The side façades are protected by plants climbing along cables attached to concrete slabs.




Architecture, Culture