Post-Tsunami Housing – Sri Lanka Residences

Post-Tsunami Housing, Kirinda Residential Buildings, Sri Lankan Architecture

Post-Tsunami Housing, Sri Lanka

Kirinda Residential Development – design by Shigeru Ban Architects

10 May 2013

Post-Tsunami Residential Development

Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects

Location: Kirinda, Sri Lanka

Post-Tsunami Housing

This project provides 100 houses in a Muslim fishing village, in the region of Tissamaharama, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, following the destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami.

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photo : Dominic Sansoni

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.

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photos : Dominic Sansoni

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.

Post-Tsunami Housing – Building Information

Location: Kirinda, Sri Lanka (Asia)
Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo, Japan
Client: Philip Bay
Completed: 2007
Design: 2005
Site size: 71 m2 for each house – Total site area: 3’195 m²

Post-Tsunami Housing Sri Lanka
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Post-Tsunami Housing images / information from Aga Khan Development Network


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