30 November 2010

You cannot save the world through architecture...

A professor in architecture school once told me, "You cannot save the world through architecture."

Perhaps he is partially right . . . BUT, I recently read about the project situated in Noh Bo, a small village along the Thailand-Burma border, designed and built by the architecture firm TYIN tegnestue from Norway.  The pictures above illustrate the Soe Ker Tie House, an orphanage that houses refugees belonging to the Karen indigenous group of southeast Asia. The village also includes the Safe Haven Bathhouse, the Safe Haven Library and the Old Market Library. It is a beautiful design full of unique and vernacular details. This project did not save the world, but what a spectacular way of trying, don't you think? 

I encourage you to check out the official website. Photos by Pasi Aalto.

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