'What if there was a possibility of a free ground, one that is only governed by its natural setting: a land that adapts to all seasons and allows for the fishermen and waters to live at one, once more?'

The lost fishermen of Boueng Kak Lake relocate to a site where new understandings of activity and territory are formed. By understanding the movements and potentials of the river bed the community build their New Ground, working with the cycles of sedimentation, the architectural device and the constant hardship of the people.

Glowing Fields Scanner

Arduino powered scanner extracting light values from artificial glowing plants. An opportunity to understand the potentials of a glowing landscape.

Extracting The Topography

Visualisation of the lost fishermen community scanning their new terrain extracting the necessary information for the understanding and potentials of the site.

Elevated Ground

The new ground does not abruptly stop the activities and cycles of the Tonle Sap River, but subtly starts branching and stabilising its feet into the river bed, slowly changing the topography of the ground below.

Overlay: Activity and Season

Similarly to the set up of the fishing villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, the activities of the community are arranged according to season and material needs. A constantly changing and moving ground constraining the shape of activity.

Procession to The New Ground

The New Ground reflects back to the city of Phnom Penh the reformed understanding of territory. The fishermen, evicted from their homes, process to this new ground allowing them to build a future moulded by the movements of sedimentation.


Accelerating the rate of sedimentation by adding implants into the river bed forming the contours of the new ground.

Architecture and Device

Architecture acting as a device, aiding the process of sedimentation for the making of a new ground.

Construction Process

This ground is constantly being worked on, aided by the device and the people.

View Across The Ground

The ground has grown to allow for multiple layers of activity. It no longer acts as a single surface but a new way for interaction. The ground gives possibility of activity above and below reforming the relationship between the river and the new ground.

New Ground Activity