Architecture firm TYIN Tegnestuehas designed sustainable dwellings, which will serve as dormitories foran orphanage in Noh Bo, a small village on the Thai-Burmese border. Thearea where majority of inhabitants are Karen refugees, had oneorphanage sheltering 24 children. As the number of children grew to 50,the orphanage was in need of new dormitories which needed to be greenand somehow recreate what children would have experienced in a morenormal situation.
Theanswer was six sleeping units where each of the children had their ownprivate space to call home, a neighborhood of friends and space to playand interact. The shape of the houses helped the workers christen thedwellings as “Soe Ker Tie Hias”, which means “Butterfly Houses”. Thedormitories are made using the traditional bamboo weaving technique andmost of the bamboo is harvested within a few kilometers of the site.
Theunique shape of the roof is designed in a manner in which it canharvest rainwater to provide water for the children during drierperiods. The entire construction is prefabricated and assembled onsitewith bolts to ensure reasonable strength.