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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ASA Lanna Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Somdoon Architects

 
May 16th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Somdoon Architects

ASA Lanna Center is located on a highway in Chiang Mai, Northern province of Thailand. As a branch office of Association of Siamese Architects (ASA), the design aims to find the balance between keeping the local culture identity while accommodating requirements of today.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

  • Architects: Somdoon Architects
  • Project: Somdoon Architects
  • Location: Chotana Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Photography: Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp
  • Client: The Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage
  • Design Collaborator: Creative Crews
  • Vernacular Architecture Consultant: Adul Helanya
  • Landscape Architect: Shma Co.,Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: CT23 Co.,Ltd and Engitect Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: GEO Design & Engineering Consultant Co., Ltd.
  • Main Contractor: Phukuan Construction Limited Partnership
  • Gross Floor Area: 800 m2
  • Completion: June 2016

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Chiang Mai was a capital of an independent kingdom, named Lanna, and it means a million of rice fields.

The image of rice field with a simple Lanna-style pavilion is created on the rooftop of the building. While the room requirements such as office, library and multi-purpose room were tugged underneath. The rooms were arranged according to their volumes from low to high, from front to back. The arrangement creates the stepping rice field landform leading to the pavilion on the top.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

The plants around the building are local which can be found in rice filed landscape such as local palms, banana and bamboo. At the main entrance, a symbolic tree of the province, called Thongkwaw, will flower in orange to welcome visitor on cool season.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

The main entrance is on the side lane and carved into the landform building creating the quite entrance space away from the highway. When entering to the center of the building, you will find a courtyard that connecting the ground floor and the roof space. The Pavilion which is the focal point of the building can also be seen through the courtyard to ensure the sense of unity. Apart from bringing down natural light to the rooms on ground floor, the courtyard is also a flexible space for a different kind of events organized by ASA members and also be an extension of the multipurpose room if it is required.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

A small café space was placed on the roof before the top level, and it has a separated entrance which can be used during the weekend when the main entrance and the office are closed. On top level, a timber structure pavilion in Lanna-style is located. Its proportion and details were advised by local veterans and builder. People can enjoy the rooftop space from the pavilion with the view of Doi Suthep, the sacred mountain of Chiang Mai.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

The materials and finishes of the building were selected to express the natural texture and locally produced such as laterite, and red brick. While all the roof top planter parapets are cast-in situ concreate with bamboo form-work to reduce hardness feel of the surface.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Passing by the building, the stepping rice field landscape with Lanna-style pavilion will keep reminding us of the spirit of Lanna. Eventually it could be an example to inspire others for the way of developing the city.

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Ketsiree Wongwan and Charnon Sarachart

Image Courtesy © Somdoon Architects

Image Courtesy © Somdoon Architects

Image Courtesy © Somdoon Architects

Image Courtesy © Somdoon Architects

Image Courtesy © Somdoon Architects

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