H&P architects encircles vietnamese toilet block with structural bamboo

in vietnam, 88% of rural schools do not have a toilet that meets the criteria of the country’s national ministry of health, while a quarter have no toilet altogether.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom

son lap school, located in the cao bang province, has a total of 485 students ranging from kindergarten age to the mid-teens, yet no bathroom facilities that met minimum standards.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom

consequently, local practice H&P architects was commissioned to design a structure that included a toilet, a wash area and pleasant vegetation.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom
the project is located in vietnam’s rural cao bang province

named ‘toigetation’, the scheme includes a thick layer of vegetation (trees and herbs) on its four sides that helps both regulate the indoor climate and reinforce the load-bearing structure.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom

built with the assistance of the region’s villagers, local materials such as bamboo and brick are used to ensure natural ventilation and lighting.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom

in addition, integrated solar panels produce energy, while greywater is harvested and reused.

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom
the structure includes a toilet, a wash area and vegetation
image © doan thanh ha

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom
the scheme’s thick layer of vegetation helps regulate its indoor climate

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom
integrated solar panels produce energy, while greywater is harvested and reused

H&P architects toigetation toilet block vietnam designboom
the building was constructed with the assistance of local villagers

project info:

location: son lap school, son lap commune, bao lac, cao bang province, vietnam
architect: H&P architects
architect in charge: doan thanh ha & tran ngoc phuong
team: luc van tu, chu kim thinh, nguyen van manh, patricia erimescu, vo quynh thu, nguyen thi xuyen, chu van dong, nguyen hai hue, hoang huu nam
architectural adviser: dr. nguyen tri thanh
construction: h&p architects and volunteers
completed: december, 2014
photography: doan thanh ha

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