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UK duo scoops Cambodia affordable housing contest win

A UK team has been named among the winners of a sustainable housing design contest in Cambodia

A partnership of Jess Lumley and Alexander Koller was joint winner with teams from the US and Australia in the contest to propose affordable housing for the South-east Asian country.

The competition, run by charities Building Trust International and Karuna Cambodia, asked architects to design flood-resistant homes with a $2,000 (£1,300) budget.

The concept homes had to include basic wash, toilet and kitchen facilities and be safe and secure. They were to be located in capital Phnom Penh but flexible enough to be replicated elsewhere. 

Lumley and Koller’s Courtyard House was chosen as one of three winners from 600 entrants

Lumley and Koller’s Courtyard House was chosen as one of three winners from 600 entrants. The jury included members of the families that will live in the houses once they are built later this year.

Lumley said: ‘We are delighted that our proposal has been selected by Building Trust International and a local Cambodian family.

‘We are hugely looking forward to further involvement with both, in this ambitious and rewarding project to provide housing for a growing and increasingly urbanised Cambodian population.’

The other winners were:

  • Open Embrace by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle from the US
  • Wet + Dry House by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil and Nick Shearman from Australian firm Visionary Design Development.

Building Trust International founding partner David Cole said: ‘The most heartwarming part of the process so far was watching a family who currently live at the hospital having the chance to choose their home and make a selection based on what matters to them.

‘The project builds on the fantastic work that Habitat for Humanity Cambodia is already doing in the region and we are glad to be able to encourage international and local architects to get involved with helping those most in need with the basic human right to shelter.’







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