“The support, assistance and full cooperation of AWFs in this project has inspired indigenous peoples across Asia to undertake similar project. This project will greatly help AIPP carry out its mission with greater purpose, pride and impact.” – Joan Carling, former Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Architects Without Frontiers was requested by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to assist with the design of a new, environmentally sustainable office and multi-function space to serve the AIPP regional secretariat staff and volunteers.
AIPP is a Not-For-Profit organisation founded in 1988 and committed to influencing policy and defending indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights through a range of advocacy, education and community support programs.
AWF and BURO Architects worked closely with AIPP staff and local partners to develop the brief, concept design and provide ongoing design and procurement advice. The building design and layout sought to maximise sustainability and passive cooling through use of local natural materials including over 10,000 mud bricks made on site, small and large openings to maximise natural air flow, and planting to filter direct sunlight on high thermal mass walls and floors. The planning balances purpose-built spaces for workstations, meetings, library and indigenous artefacts with a flexible pavilion space used for a range of celebrations, seminars and conferences. Recent photos by Jonathan Griggs @jonathongriggsphoto