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Press kit - Press release - Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase
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Streetlight Tagpuro

Tacloban City, Philippines

Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase

A collaborative community effort to design and build a study center, office and orphanage after super typhoon Haiyan.


Tacloban City, Philippines, 2018-01-19 -

With the increase of natural and man-made disasters around the globe, it becomes increasingly important to understand how architects, and architecture, can contribute to post-disaster reconstruction efforts. While there is an argument that architects are the least people needed in this scenario, a collaborative process of planning, designing and building can enable those affected by the disaster to have a say in the processes that eventually affect them. Streetlight Tagpuro is a collaborative design and build process that began 3 years before the strongest typhoon to ever hit land devastated Tacloban city in the Philippines, and the 3 years of reconstruction that followed.

  

In November 2013, super-typhoon Haiyan devastated the city of Tacloban, Leyte in the southern region of the Philippines. It was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. A locally based NGO called Streetlight, which supports street children and neighbouring communities by providing social services, had their orphanage and rehabilitation center at the seafront destroyed by the typhoon. In the aftermath of Haiyan, Streetlight decided to rebuild their facilities inland, 16 km north of their previous site to provide much needed safety for the children and the community.

The architects, together with the community developed the design through a series of participatory workshops that used drawing, poetry, model making, mapping, and physical prototyping. This method was critical in forming a strong sense of ownership of the project and empowering the community to find their own voice.

Through the design process, the spatial concepts of “open and light” and “closed and safe” found resonance with the community. These concepts helped them articulate a desire for openness and connection to nature while providing safety and security during a typhoon. In some way, the design process helped them deal with and respond to the psychological trauma of Haiyan. 

The translation of the dual concepts of “open vs. closed” and “light vs. heavy” relates to the use of ventilated light timber frames set against heavy reinforced concrete volumes. The timber frames allow air to flow through the spaces while the concrete volumes provide refuge during typhoons. Timber slatted doors and windows were designed and built by the fathers of the children in the program. By helping them design their space, the project becomes a contextual expression of a local identity that the community can find their own meaning in.

The architecture explores the values of honest materiality, craftsmanship, expressive tectonics, and vernacular sensitivity. Through the deliberate selection of materials and construction methods based on their potential for adaptation by local workers, the construction process serves as a mode of capacity building and livelihood training. Finally, through a participatory and community-based design process that affords a framework for local expression, the project becomes opportunity not only to build architecture, but also to build a representation of shared values and shared meanings.


Streetlight Tagpuro” won the Civic and Community Category and the Small Project of The Year Award at the World Architecture Festival 2017. 


Data Sheet

Official name of the project: Streetlight Tagpuro: Office, Study Center & Orphanage

Location: Tagpuro, Tacloban City, Philippines


Completion year: 2016

Area: 1,200sqm

Client: Streetlight Inc

Architects/Designers: Eriksson Furunes Architects, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase

Lead architects: Alexander Eriksson Furunes & Sudarshan V. Khadka 

Lead engineer: Jago Boase


Team: Miko Verzon, Aldo Mayoralgo, Pierre Go, Sai Cunanan, JP Dela Cruz, Kurt Yu, Jiddu Bulatao, Otep Arcilla, Mark Docdocos, BJ Adriano, Gela Santos, Matt Varona & Pebbles Miranda, Zoe Watson, Laura Lim Sam, Christian Moe Halsted, Rebecka Casselbrant and Lise Berg


About 

Alexander Eriksson Furunes studied at the AA School of Architecture, UK, before receiving his masters in architecture at NTNU, Norway. With his studio, Eriksson Furunes architecture, he has initiated and completed a series of collaborative projects with communities in UK, India, Philippines, Brazil, Vietnam and China. He is currently doing an Artistic PhD on participative planning, design and build processes at the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NTNU, 2016-19).

Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr. is the principal of i.incite, architects. Formerly, he was an associate at Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) where he was in-charge-of multiple projects. He is a member of the curatorial team of the Philippine Pavilion, “Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is driven by the critical search for a modern vernacular and the exploration of the tectonic potential of construction.

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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture - The orphanage consist of 3 heavy concrete volumes with office, kitchen and bathrooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on the second story. Ventilated recreational space for daytime use is located between the heavy volumes.<br><br>  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
The orphanage consist of 3 heavy concrete volumes with office, kitchen and bathrooms on the ground floor and bedrooms on the second story. Ventilated recreational space for daytime use is located between the heavy volumes.

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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Looking through the function hall in the study center towards the orphanage. The function hall is also used for dancing, acting and music performances. <br>   - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Looking through the function hall in the study center towards the orphanage. The function hall is also used for dancing, acting and music performances.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  The doors, when fully opened, allow ventilation and strong winds to pass through without damaging the building.<br>  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes<br>
The doors, when fully opened, allow ventilation and strong winds to pass through without damaging the building.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  Study Center<br> - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Study Center
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   The doors in the orphanage living room.<br>   - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes<br>
The doors in the orphanage living room.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture - Looking at the orphanage from the function hall of the study center<br> - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Looking at the orphanage from the function hall of the study center
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -    The study center has teachers’ offices, music room, library, kitchen and bathrooms in the heavy volumes. The building also has classrooms and areas for singing, dancing and theatre in the&nbsp;spaces in-between.    - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
The study center has teachers’ offices, music room, library, kitchen and bathrooms in the heavy volumes. The building also has classrooms and areas for singing, dancing and theatre in the spaces in-between.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  The office consists of three heavy volumes containing meeting rooms and janitors office. The shared work-spaces are located in the open areas in-between. The building also function as a vocational training center.<br>   - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
The office consists of three heavy volumes containing meeting rooms and janitors office. The shared work-spaces are located in the open areas in-between. The building also function as a vocational training center.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  On the porch  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
On the porch
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Looking through the living room of the orphanage towards the study center. The space can be fully opened to allow natural ventilation. During typhoons the concrete volumes act as evacuation rooms. <br> - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Looking through the living room of the orphanage towards the study center. The space can be fully opened to allow natural ventilation. During typhoons the concrete volumes act as evacuation rooms.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture - Clerestory windows - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Clerestory windows
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture - To&nbsp;decide on the programme of the study center, the community organized themselves to identify and prioritize their needs, ambitions and resources. - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
To decide on the programme of the study center, the community organized themselves to identify and prioritize their needs, ambitions and resources.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Workshop with the community to translate the models into drawings.&nbsp; <br>  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Workshop with the community to translate the models into drawings. 
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Model making with the community - discussing doors, windows and interior layout.<br>  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes<br>
Model making with the community - discussing doors, windows and interior layout.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Family members drawing the plan of the study center - discussing the quality of each space, degree of openness, ventilation, proximity to other programmes and interior organization.<br>    - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Family members drawing the plan of the study center - discussing the quality of each space, degree of openness, ventilation, proximity to other programmes and interior organization.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  The fathers evaluating the prototype design of the doors they made.<br>  - Photo credit:  Alexander Eriksson Furunes
The fathers evaluating the prototype design of the doors they made.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -    Initial bamboo prototypes of doors and windows. The community developed the design through sampling existing doors and windows from within the village. They would use these to make new designs that they tested in different materials.<br><br><br>    - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Initial bamboo prototypes of doors and windows. The community developed the design through sampling existing doors and windows from within the village. They would use these to make new designs that they tested in different materials.


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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture - Family members were employed and trained on the construction site.&nbsp;By the end of the project, approximately 50 parents successfully passed the government certification test and became licensed carpenters and masons.<br> - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Family members were employed and trained on the construction site. By the end of the project, approximately 50 parents successfully passed the government certification test and became licensed carpenters and masons.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -   Site-plan of office, study center, orphanage and future clinic building. <br>   - Photo credit:  Alexander Eriksson Furunes &amp; Sudarshan Khadka<br>
Site-plan of office, study center, orphanage and future clinic building.
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Press kit | 3162-01 - Press release | Streetlight Tagpuro - Eriksson Furunes Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin Partners & Boase - Institutional Architecture -  Axonometric showing the variation of heavy volumes and light frames in the three buildings.  - Photo credit: Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Axonometric showing the variation of heavy volumes and light frames in the three buildings.
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