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Competition: Bamboo Pavilion, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Building Trust International has launched an open international design contest for a temporary bamboo pavilion in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Open to teams and individuals, the anonymous single-stage competition seeks proposals for a temporary structure constructed entirely from bamboo to occupy a prominent site within Freedom Park in the centre of the Cambodian capital.

The winning scheme will form the centrepiece of the CAMBOO: 2017 bamboo festival, which is being held in the city later this year. Nine further honourable mentions will also be awarded.

In its brief, Building Trust International says: ‘Our latest design challenge is to propose a central temporary structure which will act as a showcase for the material and as a gathering space for events throughout the festival.

‘We want the most creative, forward-thinking ideas, which push the already amazing portfolio of bamboo projects that are out there. We aim to build the winning design and capture the minds of the public, overcoming the widespread stigma that bamboo is a poor material, and firmly set Cambodia as a place where modern architecture and traditional building materials can combine.’

Phnom Pen is Cambodia’s capital and most populous city. The settlement, on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, is famous for its historic architecture including the 1372 Wat Phnom pagoda and the Royal Palace erected during French colonial occupation.

The competition site, Freedom Park, is a 1.2ha plaza located a short distance south of Wat Phnom. The site has been earmarked for political protests since 2010, and has hosted many demonstrations by the Cambodia National Rescue Party against the country’s long-reigning prime minister Hun Sen.

Building Trust International is a non-profit charity set up in 2010 to harness design to tackle global problems and help people, wildlife and the planet. Previous competitions have focused on delivering sustainable schools, housing and public spaces around the world.

The latest contest aims to showcase bamboo as a sustainable building material and provide a gathering space for events throughout the CAMBOO festival. Bamboo can have tensile properties stronger than steel, and typically takes five years to reach maturity, compared to 30 years for a tree.

Proposals should provide shelter from the rain and sun, be fully and easily demountable and relocatable, and require minimal groundworks. Submissions will be evaluated on their imaginative use of the material, ease of construction, originality, aesthetics, cost, functionality and sustainability.

Submissions should include a single A2-sized landscape format PDF presentation board featuring sketches, perspectives, plans, sections, elevations and a project description and cost estimate.

The judging panel – yet to be announced – will feature Building Trust International team members and local bamboo construction experts.

The registration deadline is 17 March and submissions must be completed by 20 March

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Building Trust International

Email: competitions@buildingtrustinternational.org

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