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The frame, made from precast concrete, is covered with nipa palm branches and polycarbonate panels that provide doors that can be opened to bring natural light and fresh air inside. The external surfaces can be easily replaced by the residents themselves, which contributes to the building’s affordability. The roof is made up of corrugated cement and locally sourced nipa palm leaves. S-House 2 could provide people living in Mekong Delta a permanent housing solution and help address social issues.

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The initial design features a lightweightsteel frame, which was then replaced with a more durable structure made from precast concrete. This second prototype enables fast and easy transportation of building elements by small boats, utilizing the dominant way of transportation in the region.

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