Solving sanitation with simple architectural design

Summary:In Thailand, a bathhouse covers basic sanitation needs in a simple structure

Built for the Safe Haven orphanage in Thailand, a bamboo screened bathhouse provides basic sanitation for children of Karen ethnic minority.

Existing facilities were dark and hard to keep clean, problematic conditions for hygiene and health. Using an already built structure, Norway based TYIN tegnestue laid out spaces for toilets, washbasins, a shower, and a laundry room. The non-profit design-build organization also installed drainage and sewage systems, a challenge because of the region's rainy season. TYIN installed simple but effective solutions (a leach field system to process waste from toilets, easily cleaned and dried flooring, and a conventional gravel bed for drainage under the washing rooms) that could easily be adopted by the rest of the community.

TYIN built in privacy, daylight, and durability as well as sanitation to create a well functioning and dignified facility that would encourage personal hygiene. In the southeast Asian climates especially, personal hygiene is essential for reducing health risks.

TYIN tegnestue promote and create architecture that address fundamental living issues. The organization uses locally sourced materials and labor (and altruistic architecture students) in the design and building of their projects. The group's projects introduce basic, critical building principles into global communities.

Via: Inhabitat

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Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow he... Full Bio

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