Moving forward: Future proofing stilt home interiors while incorporating cultural identity
Kampong Cham is a province in Cambodia that is prone to annual flooding. This affects many families and causes damage and displacement of households every year. This research aims to offer a design solution that enables families to prepare for, endure and mitigate damage during the rainy season while incorporating traditional and cultural features. A site visit was undertaken to allow for qualitative and quantitative data to be gathered, as was ongoing investigation into Cambodia’s traditions and culture in order to understand what is important to the families in this province. An iterative design process was pursued and a final design concept that seeks solutions and has considered the many issues is presented. The design endeavours to mitigate flood damage and provide a living environment to which families can relate. In addition, it aims to improve the living standards within Cambodia through cost-effective design and materials.