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Ahsa Farmstay

 The farmstay provides an experience of past cultures and traditional ways of living Winner, Socialising Category | BCI Asia Interior Design Awards 2019 AHSA Fa...

The farmstay provides an experience of past cultures and traditional ways of living Winner, Socialising Category | BCI Asia Interior Design Awards 2019 AHSA Farmstay is designed to be a generator for change for the local Northern Thai community, allowing them to share their culture and traditional ways of living while generating a steady source of income through sustainable tourism.

Set among active paddy fields, the buildings comprise of a homestay cluster and a day tour cluster, where local food production is showcased in an immersive way.

The project celebrates the beauty of vernacular architecture, which is adapted to cater for foreigners.

For example, the pavilions are fitted with a raised platform so that visitors are able to take a break from sitting on the floor and stretch their legs.

All interiors are designed as a continuation of the exterior, with everyday household items, adapted local crafts, and an overhead storage that is ergonomically designed for a range of occupants.

Kapoms (large cylindrical baskets woven from leaves that are used to store rice) are integrated in the main kitchen unit.

The application of colours, spaciousness and natural elements, as well as the textures and shapes of the furniture, helps enhance the sense of comfort and happiness.

The homestay clusters give off a traditional compact living vibe.

The guest bedrooms are designed with a double-layered façade that insulates against extreme heat and facilitates cross-ventilation when the shutters are open.

Double-layered façade acts as an insulator against extreme heat Raised platform adjacent to the field create a comfortable break-time for visitors to enjoy the scenery The buildings are mainly made of reclaimed timber, earth-mixed concrete and locally sourced roofing tiles.

Reclaimed timber has it owns charms and beauty as it shows variations of tone and texture.

While the initial material cost is lower than freshly milled standardised planks, reclaimed timber does require more labour hours and involves a complicated process to dismantle and reassemble.

The project architect worked closely with the contractor and craftsmen to guide them through the process.

Extensive documentation of individual planks was done to minimise construction cost and material wastage.

All wooden structures are raised on concrete stumps, raising the wood from the ground and allowing the structure to stay dry during flash floods from the mountain.

The construction of the project relied primarily on renewable resources.

Rainwater is collected in a natural reservoir to a hill and piped to the site for use during construction and operations.

Earth used in the concrete render mix is extracted from the site, which extends the existing paddy fields to increase food production capacity.

The project is currently connected to the national grid for electricity.

However, the design has provisions for photovoltaic panels and storage spaces for batteries, which will be installed when adequate funding is achieved.

The buildings are part of the first phase of the overall development and are designed as replicable prototype units for ease of future expansion.

The design development and construction involved the local villagers to the extent that the community is currently building new units that are self-tweaked to better match their needs and circumstances as the project expands.

The homestay is set amidst paddy fields The interiors are designed to create a soothing, peaceful atmosphere The open-concept kitchen connects with the natural surroundings PROJECT DATA Project Name AHSA Farmstay Location Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, Thailand Completion Date 31 May 2018 Site Area 88,744 square metres Gross Floor Area 772.79 square metres Building Height 6.9 meters Client/Owner Rung Rak Chan Co.,Ltd.

Architecture Firm Creative Crews Ltd Principal Architects Ekkachan Eiamananwattana; Puiphai Khunawat Interior Design Firm Creative Crews Ltd Principal Designer Ekkachan Eiamananwattana Civil & Structural Engineer Wor Consultant Co.,Ltd.

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer EXM Consultant Co.,Ltd.

Quantity Surveyors Puiphai Khunawat; Ekkachan Eiamananwattana; Jirakit Panomphongphaisarn Main Contractor Creative Builder Interior Fit-Out Contractors Bundajai Co.,Ltd.; Creative Crews Ltd Images Thitaya Tan; Baan Lae Suan window.onload = function(){ document.querySelector(‘meta[name=viewport]’).setAttribute(‘content’,’width=device-width,initial-scale=1.0,initial-scale=1,user-scalable=yes’); }.