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PROJECT SUMMARY

Post-War Collective

Community library and social recuperation

Following over 25 years of civil war, the reintegration of young soldiers is one of the great challenges Sri Lanka faces. This Community Library provided young men from underprivileged backgrounds with on-site construction training.

The slender building with a footprint of 1,400 sq m sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce costs and the ecological footprint.

Project Timeline

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An army of builders – replacing guns with tools
 
Construction completed and knowledge-building continues for community library
 
Building post-war skills to enhance the community in Sri Lanka
 
“Designing with plenty of tolerance”
 
Building post-war skills through a community library
 
Global Jury Report - Post-War Collective
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Post-War Collective
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
Robust architecture delivers social recuperation
 
“Sustainability? Building the skills of the community” – Milinda Pathiraja
 
Bronze for community recuperation project in Sri Lanka
 
“Capacity building that focuses as much on the process as on the physical artefact” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for Asia Pacific
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Project Details
Location
Ambepussa, Sri Lanka
Authors
Milinda Pathiraja
MAIN AUTHOR
Milinda Pathiraja
Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka
Ganga Ratnayake
FURTHER AUTHORS
Ganga Ratnayake
Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka
Credit
Client: Sri Lanka Army - Sinha Regiment
Prizes
Awards
Silver 2015
Global
Awards
Bronze 2014
Asia Pacific
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