This project comprises 82 houses for families lacking the financial, technical or physical capacity to rebuild their own homes following a devastating earthquake in 2005. The architect worked without fee in developing a sustainable design and construction programme that sets a precedent for further rebuilding. The design reworks vernacular techniques and local materials into a structure that will flex rather than collapse in an earthquake. The lightweight timber frame filled with earth and mud sits on strong plinth foundations and is topped with a corrugated hipped roof. The efficient design maximised the beneficiaries of the programme and the community was trained in construction techniques.
Seismic Resistant Housing Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.