boonserm premthada repurposes derelict timber barns to erect 'rice tower' in thailand

boonserm premthada repurposes derelict timber barns to erect 'rice tower' in thailand

a recycled timber rice tower by boonserm premthada

 

the recipients of THE DESIGN PRIZE 2021 for social impact bangkok studio project, led by boonserm premthada, erects a nine-meter ‘rice tower.’ the project is sited within a zoo in nakhon ratchasima, an important city in the northeastern region of thailand. the architect aimed to give a new architectural language to the word ‘barn’ or ‘rice storage’ commonly found and used after the harvest season in that region. five timber barns that were set to be demolished were repurposed, disassembled, and reassembled into one tower.

boonserm rice towerimages courtesy of bangkok project studio

 

 

rethinking the barn typology

 

the barn typology usually takes shape as a standalone, low-rise structure — the bangkok project studio led by boonserm premthada (see more here) removed all the wood elements and reassembled them into its rice tower, connecting the ground and the sky. although the shape of this barn has been changed, its feeling is still maintained through the scent of the rice in husks and the soft fragrance of wood.

 

this work, in addition to reminding visitors of the importance of rice as a product of thailand, communicates that the country’s northeastern region is where the best quality rice is produced in the largest quantity. most importantly, visitors are invited to remember the farmers who grow and care for the rice until the harvest season.

boonserm rice tower

 

 

welcoming visitors of all kind

 

recently, the area has seen its wooden barns replaced with other materials, such as polycarbonate, which are durable but not necessarily more sustainable. with this in mind, designer boonserm premthada was inspired to give a new language to the wooden barn, and to make it more accessible to visitors. during the day, the rice tower is a playground for children while at night, it offers a home to birds and other animals. in this way the rice tower welcomes visitors twenty-four hours a day.

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boonserm premthada repurposes derelict timber barns to erect ‘rice tower’ in thailand
 
boonserm premthada repurposes derelict timber barns to erect ‘rice tower’ in thailand
 
boonserm premthada repurposes derelict timber barns to erect ‘rice tower’ in thailand
 

project info:

 

project title: rice tower

architecture: bangkok project studio, boonserm premthada

location: nakhon ratchasima, thailand

 

THE DESIGN PRIZE is an annual award program that celebrates excellence on a global scale. initiated in 2017 and curated by designboom, with patronage by the city of milan, THE DESIGN PRIZE recognizes both the extraordinary achievements and little sparks of beauty and delight that have emerged over the past 12 months.

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