To take a building out of the water on a lake one has to complete a roof but also a platform. We have decided to benefit from the warm climate to focus on three fundamental layers : floor, roof and wall. To enlighten, to observe and to exchange appear to be crucial functions on Tonle Sap.
We propose a covered terrace. This middle-scale structure allows an easy integration in villages. Moreover, existing boats can act as tugboats to drag it from one village to another. Ideally, the system will duplicate to reinforce its involvement on the lake.
Floor : The platform can either be used as a free space or an arrangement of small alcoves for big gatherings and smaller meetings. This open plan invites people to come in freely.
Roof : The research center is located upstairs to take advantage of an upper overview on villages and thus learn from local techniques and behaviors. It uses rain water collected after going through the net.
Wall : The curtain support device allows the platform to be divided into a smaller space and as a result be used by various group of people bringing proximity. The entire building is enveloped in an external net to provide health quality and observance.
This installation allows an active relationship with air and water. The net sometimes extends under the water to create a small pool for research. Upstairs, the terrace is meant for in situ laboratory experiments.
When not dividing the space, the curtain can wrap around the platform to be a signal. Then, it could for instance notify an important gathering.
The system of net and curtain initiates different layers. It brings social and research qualities. We believe this elementary and clear design will help to solve the complex issues on Tonle Sap lake.
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Floating Structure on Tonle Sap Lake by Eleven-Magazine Achitecture Competition Credits : Benjamin Nicaud & Paul Bourigan & Joanna Orlowska Sape Lake, Cambodia