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Teacher's flats / 2012-2015 / Sunderpur, Bihar, India

 

Research and Design

Sebastian Vilanek, Iris Nöbauer, Felix Ganzer, Jomo Zeil

 

Design supervision

Roland Gnaiger
Michael Zinner
Clemens Quirin

 

Construction management

Iris Nöbauer & Sebastian Vilanek

Franz Landl

Fatima Martín (expert bamboo)

 

Client

Little Flower

 

Awards

nominated for Terra Award 2016

National Energy Globe Award India 2017

 

Sponsors

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PHOOLNA

Around 300 children live in Sunderpur, a village for people suffering from leprosy in the north of the state of Bihar, India. They all go to school in the village and hope for a better future. However, the conditions are difficult; it is not possible to find good teachers who want to live and teach in this poor, remote village.

In autumn 2012, basehabitat started building new teachers‘ accommodation as part of a cooperation programme between the Little Flower Austria NGO and the University of Art and Design Linz. The aim was to attract good teaching staff. The complex at the centre of the village comprises six apartments over two floors and a community hall.

Self-made loam blocks and bamboo are the main construction materials. The village itself can produce these building materials cheaply. The moisture and temperature regulating properties of the loam are very important in the hot and humid climate.

Fifteen unskilled workers from the village and 30 students from the University of Art and Design Linz built the apartments in several stages. Together, they were able to overcome all the obstacles in their way, such as Hindi and almost no English on the building site, a handful of machines all battling against rust and power cuts, and crooked bamboo culms.

The first teachers were already able to move in during the summer of 2015. This project was not only covered by the local press; it was also chosen as one of the best projects in the area of cooperative housing as part of the first Terra Award 2016.

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