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Shigeru Ban, 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award, Sri Lanka, 2004 tsunami, Indian Ocean, earth bricks, green design, sustainable design, eco design, rubber tree wood, fishing village, local labor, local materials, micro homes, disaster houses, humanitarian design

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This last stipulation was government driven. In order to help boost the local economy after the tsunami’s wholesale destruction, Ban made use of local labor and materials.

Each of the 100 homes has walls made with earth bricks, while partitions and finishings are comprised of local rubber tree wood. A shared entertainment space is covered, allowing for community activities. The homes are specifically attuned to the local climate and the entire complex has an area of 3,195 square meters.

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