One wouldn't normally put toilets and food side by side, but in Vietnam, a group is combining the two in a creative bid to fight water scarcity. After completing their foliage-covered bamboo project in the Son Lap Commune, H&P Architects recently unveiled Toigetation 2, a sustainable restroom facility built for the Ta Ma primary school in Vietnam with a bamboo shade full of plants.
The project is based on the same principle as the firm’s previous project in Son Lap, aiming to provide a low-cost sanitation solution that can be easily and quickly constructed and transported across the country. Toigetation 2 lightly touches the ground with a layer of vegetation on its four sides. This layer of foliage helps regulate indoor temperatures and functions as a food source.
Local craftsmen used locally-sourced materials to construct the building. Solar panels provide energy for the lighting, while rainwater and waste water are used for cleaning and irrigating the adjacent garden. Efficient, low-cost construction methods and the use of local materials make this project replicable in areas experiencing a severe shortage of proper sanitation facilities, including schools in rural Vietnam.
Photos by Nguyen Tien Thanh