An antiseismic and economic school in Thailand

The school building by Vin Varavarn Architects is an open pavilion with no walls, which totally open up to the beautiful natural surroundings.

Vin Varavarn, Post disaster school, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, 2017

The new school by Vin Varavarn Architects consists of 3 new secondary student classrooms to replace an existing one which have been destroyed by the earthquake. The design requirements specified that the new classroom building must be earthquake resistant, easily constructed by local workers, requiring as low budget as possible. The design principle is to challenge with the traditional believe that the enclosed classroom would encourage students to concentrate more with their studies. In contrast, our new classroom concept will be like an open pavilion with no walls, which totally open up to the beautiful natural surroundings. The natural environment will be creating a relaxing atmosphere which can benefit their learning development.

The building become as a long pier that connected to the ground on the back side and reached into the air on the front side, utilizing the land slope problem to create an extra semi-outdoor multi-functions space under the front part of the building. While the back end of the building connected to the ground, provide easy access and can be used as a terrace where student could gather and socialise. The building structure is made of steel, as it provides flexibility and appropriateness in an earthquake prone region. In addition, this type of structure could be constructed quickly.

Img.28 Vin Varavarn, Post disaster school, Chiang Rai Province, Thailandia, 2017
Vin Varavarn, Post disaster school, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, 2017
Project:
Post disaster school
Program:
school
Architect:
Vin Varavarn Architects
Engineering:
Next Innovation Engineering
Project initiative organizer:
Design for Disaster
Consultants:
The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage, The Engineering Institute of Thailand under H.M. King's Patronage, The Consulting Engineers Association of Thailand, Thai Contractors Association
Completion:
2017

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