Jariyawadee Lekawatana of Architectkidd and Singh Intrachooto of Kasetsart University, both from Thailand were presented with a Global LafargeHolcim Awards Finalist 2015 certificate for Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary as part of the ceremony to hand-over the Awards Silver prize in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.The certificate was presented by Meisa Batayneh representing the global jury and Bi Yong Chungunco, LafargeHolcim Area Manager for South East Asia, West who represented the sponsor of the Foundation.
Representing the global jury, architect Meisa Batayneh, Founder and Principal Architect at Maisam Architects & Engineers, based in Amman, Jordan praised the project for its sensitive approach to bird conservation. “The project is centered upon supporting endangered bird populations, but also re-values palm waste as a building material as well as accommodating education and eco-tourism,” she said.
Singh Intrachooto explained that the implementation of the project continued with site preparation works. “Our project has first started with landscaping and regarding,” he said.
Jariyawadee Lekawatana and Singh Intrachooto also presented the Silver prize winning project, a community library in rural Sri Lanka some 60km from Colombo, with books on Thai cooking and massage. More than 200 guests from 16 countries attended the ceremony, which was held in the building that had won the Silver prize.See more
The project Chiang Mai Bird Sanctuary meets the needs of birds and humans alike – thereby expanding the scope of sustainable construction to include a feathered dimension.
The architects and Chak Cherdsatirkul worked together to develop the Chiang Mai Bird Sanctuary (CBS) project. It includes two sites: the hotel premises and the natural area. The focus of the project is twofold: the birds, both wild ones and those confiscated from traffickers, and people, who are bird enthusiasts. It is planned that ten of the remaining tobacco barns on the hotel site shall be turned into permanent aviaries for birds that have been injured through captivity and are no longer able to survive in the wild. These birds will be able to be observed up close. One of the tobacco barns is to be converted into an auditorium, still others into libraries.
Project architect Jariyawadee Lekawatana from Architectkidd explains: “As an architect, we usually work for people, but here our clients are the birds. The measures we are implementing on the hotel grounds must suit both the birds and the people – but the park focuses primarily on the needs of birds.”
Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary in Chiang Mai will serve as both an educational facility and bird rehabilitation center to reduce the devastating effects of bird trafficking on the survival of endangered wildlife in Thailand. Designer Architectkidd has fabricated a “Bird Hut” shelter that serves as both an exhibition display at a national architecture convention and a prototype for the larger structures to be built on the bird sanctuary site.
The “Bird Hut” structure is built using palm oil seed husks, a plentiful agricultural waste in the region. The natural fibers offer thermal and acoustic insulation, and the dense surface creates hidden spaces for birds as well as their food sources to inhabit. The 2.5m conical hut includes a metal structure that supports the natural palm fiber surface. Visitors to the bird hut can use the structure as a bird-watching shelter by prying apart the fibers to create a viewing window.
As part of their ongoing research on the project, Architectkidd has explored dyeing techniques as an alternative to coloring agent for building materials. Dyed in indigo blue, the result is a rich variation in blue tones due to the varied absorption of the dye into the natural fibers. The confined spaces of the construction provide an intimate experience for both human and bird visitors: positioning architecture as a form of openness/protection, a method of disguise/communication, and as an expressive/introverted body.
The “Bird Hut” and project illustrations were exhibited at the Association of Siamese Architects annual convention in April/May 2015.See more
As one of the three main Holcim Awards winners for Asia Pacific in 2014, “Protective Wing” automatically qualified as a finalist in the Global Holcim Awards 2015. All 15 finalist project teams were asked to submit an updated and more comprehensive entry that was evaluated by a global jury in March 2015.
The results of the global phase of the 4th Holcim Awards competition were announced on April 20, 2015.
The winners of the global phase of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition will be revealed on April 20, 2015. The results will be announced via the Holcim Awards website.
The USD 2 million Holcim Awards is the most significant international competition for sustainable design. The jury composed of renowned specialists from around the world and headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA) will evaluate 15 projects out of more than 6,000 submissions. The finalists are the winners of the Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards 2014 in each of the five competition regions of the world.
The finalist projects competing for one of the three Global Holcim Awards prizes are located in Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA and were entered by authors from these countries as well as from Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. They reflect a broad variety of the current interpretation of sustainable construction combined with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical intervention.
The submissions will be evaluated by the Global Holcim Awards 2015 jury including Marc Angélil, Senior Dean of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Alejandro Aravena, Principal of Elemental (Chile), Maria Atkinson, Founding Director of the Australian Green Building Council (Australia), Meisa Batayneh Maani, Principal of maisam architects and engineers (Jordan), Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International (Ecuador), Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA), Matthias Schuler, Principal of Transsolar(Germany), and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation (Switzerland).
The winners of the global prizes will share prize money of USD 350,000. Previous winners of the tri-annual Global Holcim Awards include Bureau EAST (Los Angeles, USA), Centola + Associati (Salerno, Italy), Coelacanth and Associates (Tokyo, Japan), Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten (Dusseldorf, Germany), Kéré Architecture (Berlin, Germany), L’OEUF (Montreal, Canada), Public Architecture (San Francisco, USA), Proyectos Arqui5 (Caracas, Venezuela), realities:united (Berlin, Germany), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), and Urban-Think Tank (São Paulo, Brazil).
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The Swiss-based Holcim Foundation promotes and illustrates the strength of diverse strategies of achieving greater sustainability of the built environment. As part of its approach, the Foundation publishes booklets on outstanding examples of applied sustainable construction. The initiatives of the Holcim Foundation include the USD 2 million Holcim Awards – the most significant international competition for sustainable design.
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Jariyawadee Lekawatana from Architectkidd sees how the project considered the bird as the client to be the strongest element of the Holcim Awards Gold winner from Asia Pacific. “Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary” in Chiang Mai, Thailand serves as both an educational facility and a bird rehabilitation center including a small hotel and bird viewing tower, in a site that simulates the natural habitat.
A bird sanctuary in northern Thailand that serves as both an educational facility and bird rehabilitation center won the Gold prize. The integrated approach to bird conservation by Jariyawadee Lekawatana of Achitectkidd and Singh Intrachooto of Kasetsart University in Bangkok, together with Chak Cherdsatirkul of Kaomai Lanna Resort, Chiang Mai, simulates the natural habitat and includes a small hotel and bird viewing tower. Palm fiber discarded from agricultural production is re-valued as a construction material for the building envelope which provides additional habitat and food sources for all birds in the area.Read more »
The jury greatly values the project’s political message concerning the devastating effects of bird trafficking on the survival of endangered wildlife. The author’s ideological stance aligns with the principles advocated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), especially its “Red List of Threatened Species” – an eminent document guiding worldwide conservation policy and action. Considering architecture as an instrument of “action”, the project literally establishes the link between political activism and building practice, combining architectural qualities with conservation, education, research and eco-tourism in a complete and convincing way.
Each year, thousands of birds are smuggled in and out of Thailand for their exotic colors and bird calls, to be sold on the world’s growing black market. Rescued birds usually die in confinement because they are retained in cages for up to five years as evidence during prosecution of smugglers. The Bird Sanctuary in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand serves as both an educational facility and a bird rehabilitation center including a small hotel and bird viewing tower, in a site that simulates the natural habitat.
Palm fiber, an agricultural waste, is used as a construction material for the building enclosure – the façade as habitat and food source for all birds in the area.
Progress: “Ecology Skin” integrates natural fibers into building enclosures. Palm fiber is used because of its volume and availability, insulating and moisture-retention capability, and compatibility with nature. This fiber skin protects buildings from heat, allows seeds to take roots and grow, and in turn supports food regeneration for all birds in the area. Basically, this architectural skin utilizes natural fiber to serve four functions: thermal insulation, acoustic barrier, food supply, and animal habitat. It can be replicated in other buildings where biodiversity and energy efficiency are desired, properties that are vital for urban environments.
People: Bird smuggling kills biodiversity! Birds are taken from the wild merely for their exotic colors and bird calls. Rescuing these birds means putting them in cages for 1-5 years as evidence during criminal trials. Most birds won’t survive the trauma. Chiang Mai Bird Sanctuary (CBS) aims to familiarize people with the charm of nature’s magnificent flying creatures and nurture the coexistence of humans and birds for future generations.
Planet: Population growth and urban sprawl have encroached on flat terrains, leaving birds and other animals without habitat. CBS is designed to serve local communities and the bird population by reclaiming failed land parcels and reusing existing structures. In addition, palm fiber wastes are used for building enclosures since more than 5 million tons of palm fiber is discarded annually in Thailand. Its high insulation capacity, compatibility with nature, and moisture retention property make palm fiber ideal for energy-efficiency and eco-friendly architecture.
Prosperity: The animal sanctuary serves a growing niche of eco-tourism. Combining the existing green hotel, CBS could attract high-spending travelers who yearn for eco-friendly vacations. The bird hospice and library are integrated to offer an unparalleled learning facility, giving injured birds a permanent home and becoming an important attraction for visitors. Additionally, large corporations are integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in their operations: CBS could earn funding from research on wild bird rehabilitation with continual government and private sector sponsorship.
Place: Buildings of bricks and palm highlights local landscape in new ways. Each tower and pavilion transforms over time, integrating natural materials within the natural bird habitat, resulting in gentle and ecologically-rich architecture.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.65 MB) »See more
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