Catalyst Program Project: Mobile Lotus
WY-TO has designed the Mobile Lotus as a holistic space that addresses the issues of environmental degradation, inadequate healthcare and social isolation that currently affects the remote floating villages of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake. Easily constructed of locally-sourced materials, the mobile structure offers a community platform that has traditionally never been available to these remote areas. It circulates to the floating villages to treat-and-inform by reintroducing ideas on sanitation, waste treatment, disease prevention and sustainable living through visual learning. The didactic qualities of the architecture protects, respects and empowers inhabitants with an enduring system that replicates entrenched local methods with self-sustaining ones, transforming a vicious cycle into a virtuous cycle of life on the Tonle Sap Lake.