Baan Nong Bua (School) by Jun Sekino
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
In 2014, Baan Nong Bua School was one of the victim of this severe earthquake. As the building was demolished, the school building needed to be designed and constructed at the earliest for the kids needed a place for study. Moreover, with the physical and the location of the site, the design also have to concern about the construction process. Hence, with many limitations, the architect came up with the design that cope with these circumspection.
Baan Nong Bua School is an earthquake-resisted local school located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. With a main structure made out of steel, the flexibility of the material and the skeleton frame help absorbing the vibration of the earthquakes as well as accelerating the construction process. Furthermore, with a vernacular design, the school is designed to respond to the local factor including material and weather which can become a model of the public building with a sufficient idea.
Design Challenges
What's become the most challenging part of this project is the transportation and communication method as the site is located in the further rural area of Thailand. Thus, physical model become one of the most important tool for communicating with the local builders.
Production Technology
By concerning on the physical context of the site, materials that have been used in the project are all local material or material that can be find easily around the area for example bamboo, wood, steel. Furthermore, to accelerate the construction process, modular system and standard industrial size of material including cement board, metal sheet or poly-carbonate sheet were as well used in this project.
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