A Project to Feel Good About: Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School

by coco

“If you have love you will do all things well.” Thomas Merton

This article was re-posted here, in part, from Inhabitat.com. I wanted to share it because I think it’s a wonderful story about what I find to be an amazingly successful project using local and natural materials. Read the full story and see more pictures here and enjoy the sweet taste of inspiration! xo, co

Sra Pou Vocational School, Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, Cambodia, community center, local materials, vocational school, green building

…The vocational school is a two-story, open air structure built from locally sourced, handmade, sun-dried red bricks, which reflect the color of the surrounding landscape. Bricks were laid with a hole pattern in the walls to pull in more daylight as well as encourage natural ventilation through the space. Bright and colorful handmade shutters can be opened or closed to block out the sun, but also make the center cheery and welcoming. A large covered porch creates an outdoor community room, while the interior holds workshops, storage space and bathrooms.

The entire project was built by local laborers who received training on the job, and now a local non-profit operates out of the building and is teaching villagers how to earn a living. Sra Pou Vocational School also serves as a space for public gathering and community decision making. The results of the duo’s work are not only the amazing community center and school, but they also began their own architecture firm – Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, and we are looking forward to more of their work. The firm is also part of a Finnish architecture humanitarian NGO called Ukumbi.