panyaden school by 24H architecture, thailand
panyaden school by 24H architecture, thailand panyaden school by 24H architecture, thailand
jan 08, 2013

panyaden school by 24H architecture, thailand

‘panyaden school’ by 24h architecture, chiang mai, thailandimage © ally taylor



the ‘panyaden school‘ located in the lush forests of chiang mai in northern thailand, educates its multicultural students through a fusion of buddhist principles and ecological sensitivity with a bilingual curriculum that not only teaches the classic subjects, but also touches on social and humanistic topics to help teach children how to live well-rounded happy lives. designed by dutch practice 24H architecture, the campus seems to be built under a group of enormous fallen leaves, made of natural locally sourced materials and labor that create an all around sustainable and comfortable low-impact facility. plentifully available bamboo rods of varying sizes are used for columns and make up the entire roof structure with a playful interweaving of structurally sound geometries anchored into large rock foundations in the ground. walls of compressed earth dotted with bottles delineate classrooms filled with natural light, with the large canopies hovering over all the rooms for a shaded, ventilated and comfortable learning environment. the organic shapes and material palette bring the children and teachers closer to nature in a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by rice fields. the premises is equipped to collect and recycle waste water, grow it’s own crop, and produce bio-gas.

entrance structureimage courtesy panyaden school



the school in chiang mai received a grand award in the overall category, and a gold award for sustainable at the 2012 design for asia awards during the business of design week in hong kong.


other DFA grand award winners include interdisciplinary creative works on asa’s cultural creativity exhibition by FREEiMAGE DESIGN; raas jodhpur by lotus praxis initiative (additional coverage here); GXR camera by ricoh company ltd.; pacific place by heatherwick studio; daikanyama T-site by klein dytham architecture; palace hotel tokyo chapel by nomura co. ltd;


with DFA special award (technology, culture and sustainability) given to gardens by the bay by grant associates (additional coverage here); DFA special award for culture given to asia society hong kong centre – revitalization of the former explosives magazine by todd williams billie tsien architects; and DFA special award for sustainability given to soil cave house-transformation design for the farmers of west china by the environmental design association of china artists association.

entrance structureimage courtesy panyaden school



campus structures connected by natural walkways and green areasimage © ally taylor



parking next to the schoolimage © ally taylor



gathering hallimage © ally taylor



image © ally taylor



image © ally taylor



swimming pool buildingsimage courtesy panyaden school



image courtesy panyaden school



children’s playgroundimage © ally taylor



smaller children’s classrooms with glass facadeimage © ally taylor



recycled bottles dot the walls for sustainable lightingimage courtesy panyaden school



older students’ classroomsimage courtesy panyaden school



pivoting windows and doors allow ample ventilationimage courtesy panyaden school



colorful glass facade shades by overhanging canopyimage © ally taylor


image courtesy panyaden school



meetingimage courtesy panyaden school



bamboo tree columns anchored in large rocks support  image © ally taylor



image courtesy panyaden school



smaller reeds provide the substructure like joists for the wooden roof tilesimage courtesy panyaden school



skylightimage courtesy panyaden school



children’s classroomimage © ally taylor



image © ally taylor



nook in the wallimage © ally taylor



(left) bamboo canopy structure(right) column baseimages courtesy panyaden school



bird’s eye viewimage courtesy panyaden school



older students’ classroomimage courtesy panyaden school



construction 1 of 5image © CLC construction



construction 2 of 5image © CLC construction



construction 3 of 5image © CLC construction



construction 4 of 5image © CLC construction



construction 5 of 5image © CLC construction

  • how beautiful!…

    ervin says:
  • Fantabulously magnificent!
    Looks so fragile. Hope the design can sustain a tropical typhoon. (thinking beach umbrellas).

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • Very nice! My children would love it!

    Marcello says:
  • Amazing effort

    Edgar Navarro design says:
  • amazing, definitely somethng to imitate in the mexican pacific ( same thopughts about typhoons!!jajaja, but here we call them hurricanes)

    mariano says:
  • it looks identical to work of Severiano Mario Porto and there’s no reference to him?!!

    Marco Aurelio Cunha says:
  • I don’t think it look like anything called identical.. this is way beyond conventional construction… good job, good commitment put on a good effort…. Im just thinking will the most concern that standout for sustainability be the maintenance? awesome anyway..

    red chasbulin says:

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