Located in Anse-a-Pitres -- a village that has a beautiful landscape but lacks running water and electricity -- this earthquake-resistant shelter provides a home for orphaned Haitian children.
Called Ti Kay La, the orphanage was designed by Italian architect Bonaventura Visconti di Modrone, who wanted the structure to allow the orphaned children to feel like they were "part of a family again." The architect was inspired by local Haitian architecture and sought the help of local workers to build the earthquake-resistant shelter. Employing local workers and using local materials was a purposeful move to help the support economy of the village.
The result is a bright, spacious structure that has an open concept, ensuring cool air circulation in Haiti's extremely hot climate. The shelter is also elevated above ground, and is ideal for avoiding the risk of floods.