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  5. Estudio Cavernas
  6. 2017
  7. Min Tu Won School / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich

Min Tu Won School / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich

  • 22:00 - 26 March, 2018
Min Tu Won School / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich
Min Tu Won School / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich, © Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mae Ku, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110, Thailand
  • Lead Architects

    Jason Orbe Smith, Juan Cuevas, Yago Cuevas Duran, Wisarut Wattanachote
  • Other participants

    Peter Harrison; INDA STUDENTS (International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand); Chanidapa Nithidchotikul, Aom ; Pongpol Punjawaytegul, Ball ; Napassorn Methasurarak, Fah ; Jira Suksomboonwong, J ; Pakhwan Wongsupha, Mook ; Natwadee Pongparit, Nat ; Brali Saligupta, Pink ; Phongpiwich Thuatraipop, Poom ; Noppa-on Plidtookpai, Seine; Sirapob Thangseresuk, Tae ; Vitoon Roshom, Toey; Phattharaphon Sriwong, Tan; Pudith Chatteeraphat, Win ; Phongsakorn Phumeethum, Gun; Yuttapol Kumamoto, Rin ; Rhun Na Ranong Run, Rhun; Swita Uancharoenkul, Faii ; Pawornprat Trakpiboon, Big ; Jarasravee Inthasri, Jaymeen
  • Area

    147.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

Text description provided by the architects. The Mae Ku Learning Center is a new educational building located near the Thai-Burma border. The building is designed as a mountainous, monolithic object nestled in amidst the adjacent fields. The center is a multi-functional educational space for the Min Tu Won School, a community-led organization that provides education for a local community of Burmese refugees and migrants.

Site Plan
Site Plan

Faced with minimal resources, the Min Tu Won School’s existing classrooms needed relief for their overcrowded teaching areas. They sought additional room for 70 students to improve the learning conditions of the school as well as to continue to cultivate and promote local education.

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

The new center responds to these needs with a massing of adaptable, multi-functional spaces. Two large interior volumes form an open floor area for teaching, studying and interactive learning. As the school grows and develops, these spaces will be able to accommodate the Min Tu Won School’s evolving conditions.

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

The building is designed with playful, massive shapes assembled together for children to engage and explore. Natural, locally sourced materials are used throughout the building to integrate the object within its surroundings. The center is visible from afar, an enticing destination for the long distance that many students travel to come to school.

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

The large classroom volumes feature blackboards, built-in wall benches and storage space. An open floor plan allows for flexibility in the arrangement of the learning areas. The interior is illuminated with soft, natural light using skylights. A delicate, veiled bamboo skin wraps the interior spaces, creating a world of passageways and spaces for students to discover. Sunlight is filtered through, adding depth and volume to the building. The bamboo skin acts as an environmental mediator, screening the interior rammed earth walls from direct sunlight and rain while welcoming fresh air and breeze to pass through.

As part of the philosophy of Estudio Cavernas, the design of the building uses low-tech constructive systems that can be built by all workers, ensuring that most of the systems are adapted to the available materials and skills. The beneficiaries of the project are involved throughout the design and construction process, allowing them to take pride and ownership in the building and to encourage the continued success and maintenance of the learning center.

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas
Section
Section
© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

The Mae Ku Learning Center was developed through the Design and Build for Community course at the International Design and Architecture (INDA) program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Started by Dr. Preechaya Sitipunt, this course connects communities from throughout Thailand to the university resources to create a meaningful project. 

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

The design build course gathered twenty students in Bangkok to study mass, material and program. Through site visits and a collaborative design process, students worked to refine and document the project and then participated in the building construction on site. The course was taught by Wisarut Eric Wattanachote of WIWA-Studio and Jason Orbe-Smith of Orbe Architecture. The project was realized through a design and construction collaboration with Juan and Yago Cuevas of Estudio Cavernas.

© Juan Cuevas
© Juan Cuevas

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Cite: "Min Tu Won School / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich" 26 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/891315/min-tu-won-school-orbe-architecture-plus-estudio-cavernas-plus-inda-plus-we-wattanachote-plus-lasavanich/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Juan Cuevas

泰国低技术成本校园‘Min Tu Won’ / Orbe Architecture + Estudio Cavernas + INDA + W.E. Wattanachote + Lasavanich