Atelier COLE and BTI complete kiosk at Bear Rescue Centre during two-week workshop
Charitable organisation Building Trust International (BTI) and London-based design studio Atelier COLE have completed a kiosk at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The kiosk was designed by Atelier COLE and constructed by BTI as part of a two-week educational workshop involving ten international participants in partnership with Free the Bears.
The aim of the workshop was to educate participants and future visitors to the Rescue Centre on the benefits of sustainable construction techniques and the importance of quality building design. Given the widespread deforestation in Cambodia, Atelier COLE proposed a range of alternative material choices and building techniques which it hopes visitors to the centre will replicate in the construction of their own homes.
David Cole, Partner at Atelier COLE, explains: “We wanted to create a design which could be built for a fraction of the cost of typical brick/concrete buildings. Using natural building techniques, taught to locals and international volunteers throughout the process, we created a building which acts as a pebble in the pond encouraging more thought about building materials and creating low cost, less damaging alternatives.”
The kiosk was constructed using bamboo for the roof construction and adobe (sun-baked) bricks for the walls. There is also a lighting feature which employs recycled glass bottles and a ‘truth window’ to demonstrate how the bricks have been used. Cole continues: “The rescue centre plan to build more of these kiosks and this project is part of a larger masterplan that we are working on for BTI.”