This project provides 100 houses in a Muslim fishing village in the region of Tissamaharama, on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka. Following the destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami. Shigeru Ban’s aim was to adapt the houses to their climate, to use local labour and materials to bring profit to the region, and to respond to the villagers’ own requirements through direct consultation. For example, kitchens and bathrooms are included within each house, as requested by the villagers, but a central covered area separates them from the living accommodation, as stipulated by the government. The covered area also provides an entertainment space from which women can retreat to maintain privacy. Local rubber-tree wood was used for partitions and fittings, and compressed earth blocks for walls.
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture is Life. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
This book focuses on the unfolding of the qualities that connect
architecture and life. It highlights a series of buildings and projects located
within a diversity of cultures and geographies that make a significant
contribution to the understanding of our values and to the daily lives buildings
of their users.
The selected projects – shortlisted and premiated by the Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in its 12th
Cycle – address a variety of functions at a diversity of scales, from
residential to institutional, from public space to infrastructure. The ethos of
these projects is consistent with that of the Award: they all place an emphasis
onthe importance of design as an indispensable component of social
Essays by internationally recognised practitioners and
scholars address the broader context of contemporary architectural practice
with special reference to Muslim communities and geographies.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture