WaterHall Project, located in Sneung Village of Battambang in Cambodia, is a community hall which houses a pump and filter system that generates clean water for locals. The social architecture project won the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Architect Community Project Fund sponsorship.
▼项目概览，overall view of the project ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
Waterhall Project sustainably provides safe drinking water to underprivileged communities, whilst creating a social hub to garner social gatherings, celebrations and community festivities. It also mitigates the pollution problem created by plastic bottle waste. The discovering and documenting of local building technique and handicraft making methodologies was important during the design process, as it serves to inspire modern architecture.
▼剖面图，水堂中的不同活动，section, different activities in the WaterHall ©Orient Occident Atelier
Sneung is a remote village located in the outskirts of Battambang, which was previously ravaged by landmines in the Khmer Rouge era. The village uses a lake nearby and wells as its main water sources. This means that access to water is very unreliable, as the lake is dry for half of the year due to recurring droughts and floods caused by climate change, and wells are contaminated by pollution from nearby factories. Furthermore, the village is also affected by waste pollution caused by constant usages of plastic bottled water.
Water filtration and collection
为了缓解水资源短缺的问题，我们筹集了资金并创建了水堂。 从自然降雨和附近的湖泊中收集水，然后将其通过系统过滤，为当地人提供安全的饮用水以供使用。 村民们能使用当地製造的陶瓷壶和瓶子来运送过滤水，从而也减轻了塑料瓶垃圾的污染问题。
In order to alleviate the water shortage problem, our team raised funds and created the WaterHall Project. Water is collected from both natural rainfall and the nearby lake which is then filtered through the system, providing safe potable water for locals to collect and use. With the villagers able to use locally made ceramic jugs and bottles to carry filtered water, the plastic bottle garbage pollution problem is then mitigated.
▼滤水和储水系统轴侧示意图，axonometric of the water filtration and collection system ©Orient Occident Atelier
Local Building Methodologies with Contemporary Language
在设计过程中，我们探讨并纪录了当地的建筑技术和手工艺，这些技术均以现代的科技发展加以运用和表达。 希望水堂可以作为试点项目，最终在全世界使用。 在这种情况下，各项目的建筑技术和手工艺将根据位置而变化，但我们独特的当代建筑风格将始终被表达出来。
During the design process, we investigated and documented local building techniques and methodologies of craft, which are employed and expressed with a contemporary language. The hope is that the WaterHall Project can serve as a pilot project, eventually employed around the world. In such a case, local building techniques and methods of craft will change depending on the location, however, our unique contemporary language would always be expressed.
▼建筑外圈的坡道，ramp around the building ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
▼内圈由玻璃围合，the inner circle enclosed by glass ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
▼中部水井，well in the center ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
▼储水空间，water collection space ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
▼建筑由砖砌成，采用当地工艺，the building is composed of bricks, using local construction techniques ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
Success of the Project
Upon its completion in Spring of 2019, we were able to get filtered potable water while Battambang was experiencing the worst drought in its recent history. The project was greatly welcomed by the local community and created a communal hub, cultivating the local community spirit. Water Hall is the winner of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Architect Community Project Fund 2017.
▼项目为当地居民提供过滤饮用水，project providing filtered water for the local people ©Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
▼轴测图，axonometric ©Orient Occident Atelier
▼平面图，plan ©Orient Occident Atelier
Project Name: WaterHall Project
Architecture Firm: Orient Occident Atelier
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Firm Location: Hong Kong
Completion Year: 2019 Feb
Gross Built Area: 60 square meters
Project location: Sneung, Battambang, Kingdom of Cambodia
Clients: Village S
Design Principals: Kenrick Wong, Magic Kwan
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Design Team: Kenrick Wong, Magic Kwan, Fionne Chan, Harrison Lai
Collaborators: Jane Luk, Janet Tam
Photo credits: Magic Kwan, Kenrick Wong
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