Architects: Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad, Alejandro Buzo, Maria Nuñez and Eduardo Novo
Location: Mae Sot, Thailand
Construction: Ga Yaw Ga Yaw
Students involved: Marta de las Heras Martínez, Luis Rodríguez Carnero, Alejandro Buzo, Maria Nuñez and Eduardo Novo
Project Area: 72 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Line Ramstad, Allyse Pulliam
As a part of the exhibition “Water Brick” held by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) in The Architect’12 Expo this last April, Shma shared with us their Water City proposal. Their visionary project focused on a response to the severe flood that inundated most of central plain of Thailand in 2011. They focused on Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand and the UNESCO’s World Heritage, in the project named “2050 Ultra Flood Plain”. More images and architects’ description after the break.
With a seating capacity of 300 at its core, the Fulldome Experience Center, designed by FORMA, gives visitors a dynamic interactive space carrying both scientific and educational functions. It includes installations, exhibitions and game zones as well as a cafeteria, gift shop and conference room for the visitors’ comfort and versatility of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The Superbow Project, designed by Supermachine Studio, is a proposal for a sustainable city of its own. Using Nakornsawan, Thailand as a location to implement their vision of a giant hydraulic tool in the network, they place a new ‘Water’ city in between the two rivers to slowly generate a new way of living for Nakornsawan’s people. The city, located by 2 rivers Ping and Nan, is usually flooded every year, but in 2011 the water broke the protecting levee into the city’s center. The whole town of Nakornsawan sank into one meter plus deep water. Therefore, this project aims to build a massive hydraulic tool that is habitable as an extension of the city or as a new city itself that all of people in the old city can move into. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Bangkok Project Company Limited
Location: Nakhon Pathom Province, Thailand
Client: Kantana Edutainment (International) Co., Ltd.
Project Team: Boonserm Premthada, Ittidej Lirapirom, Piyasak Mookmaenmuan
Budget: 1,000,000 USD
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year of Completion: 2011
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio, Pirak Anurakyawachon
Nader Tehrani, a principal and founder of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry, will be delivering a lecture at the ASA Forum in Bangkok on April 29. He also is a professor and the head of the Department of Architecture at MIT School of Architecture and Planning. As the founding principal of Office dA, Nader Tehrani’s work received many prestigious awards, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the United States Artists Architecture and Design Award, and thirteen Progressive Architecture Awards. More information on the event can be found here.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Design Team: Luke Yeung, PailinPaijitsattaya, PhuttipanAswakool
Exhibition Design: DesignLAB
Client Representative: Dentsu Thailand
Structural Design: MontreeSayabovorn
Contractor: Pico Thailand
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: PhuttipanAswakool, Luke Yeung
Pangolin House: Vision for Future House in Thailand / Pitupong Chaowakul, Wattikon Kosolkit and Yupadee Sutvisith
The vision of Pitupong Chaowakul, Wattikon Kosolkit and Yupadee Sutvisith for the future Thai house is an architecture that is composed of different levels of resilient segments. This includes 100% resistance with facility space that allows water to flood on the entire area without causing damages. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The proposal by Site-Specific for the Burma School competition aims at escaping from social depression, as Karen people are searching for freedom and are displaced from their homes. They are residing on a borrowed piece of land which they can never owned. They are living in a country that they are not considered parts of society – many of them without citizenship. So they believe that the right kind of architecture can create the sense of belonging and the sense of ownership in the hearts of the displaced Karen community members. They want to create a school that this community can say ‘made by us’ and ‘made for us’. Thus, this school can become the center of the community. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This design proposal by 2bw Studio for the School for Burmese Refugees, an international competition put on by Building Trust International, responds to its situation by providing a series of sheltered spaces and enclosures that encourage children to learn, play and be rehabilitated into the local community. The design is intended to be colorful, warm and promote a feeling of safety and sanctuary where children will be able to develop and learn new skills. The design is based on a modular construction system which allows the buildings to easily expand to suit future uses or a different site if required. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Building Trust International recently announced that designers Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, of Berkeley, California have won the School 4 Burma Design Competition. The winning design, for a modular school for migrant and refugee children in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot, beat entries from all over the world as the competition generated progressive, contemporary design solutions. Over 800 designers and academic institutions expressed interest. More images and description on the winning proposal after the break.
The design proposal for the mobile school for Burmese refugees, by in situ studio with Matt Weiss and David Hill-AIA, is made of a series of collapsable frames that can be easily demounted and rearranged to accommodate a change of location or growth in a community. The proposal for the school, which won an honorable mention in the Building Trust International Competition, can be erected in one day in a collaborative effort, with twelve people assembling the frames and small groups cutting and weaving bamboo on site. The school provides a center for the community and claims territory for sustaining the community’s future. More images and project description after the break.
Architect: Architects 49
Location: Sukhumvit 24 Street, Bangkok, Thailand
Client: TCC Capital Land
Structural Engineer: Tham & Wong , Qbic Engineers and Architect
System Engineer: M & E Engineering49
Interior Architect: PIA
Landscape Architect: P landscape
Lighting Designer: Lightbox Design
Project Area: 70,125 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Kiattisak Veteewootacharn, Krissada Boonchaloew
Prefabricated concrete shells become emergency shelters for flood-ravaged communities in Pathum Thani. The concrete forms are intended to be used for the construction of Bangkok’s elevated skyway. The company that owns the shells has given the temporary residents permission to stay and access to electricity. Residents have expressed preference of the makeshift community over government shelters due to “familiar faces” and more space.