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Thnouh School // Project Little Dream

Takéo, Cambodia

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Thnouh School is in essence an extension of a Khmer vernacular stilt house. While a stilt house epitomise the domestic village life, daily routines and social rituals into one organic whole, the project transposes this idea of a house into a village school. In other words, Thnouh School embodies the domestication of early childhood and primary education.

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

Therefore, the project takes its primary form from the section of a stilt house being horizontally stretched along the site – an elongated vernacular stilt house; an extension of the village landscape to a progressive expression of Khmer vernacularism.

Thnouh School provides free primary education and early childhood education to Thnouh Village, anchoring the quiet Thnouh Village with a public gathering place.

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© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

With 80 volunteers and 30 local craftsmen, the school was completed in two winter phases. Since most of the material used and all workers are employed locally, innovation in Thnouh School is a conversation between design and construction in re-inventing local building practices and material.

The project is composed of two classrooms and one staff room on the second level, kindergarten, playground on ground level with the courtyard and school library sitting at the back of the school.

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

Thnouh School is in essence an extension of a Khmer vernacular stilt house. While a stilt house epitomise the domestic village life, daily routines and social rituals into one organic whole, the project transposes this idea of a house into a village school. In other words, Thnouh School embodies the domestication of education.Project Little Dream is a student-run registered charity in 2009 that designs, builds and runs village primary schools in Cambodia..

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

© Project Little Dream

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