This project allowed the architect to examine Architecture as the relationship between buildings and culture. In Chiang Rai, similarly to other rural places in the country, vernacular building techniques are not passed down from generations to generations.
▼位于自然环境中的农场民宿群外观，the farmstay cluster and its natural surroundings ©Baan lae suan
▼农场民宿主体是由一座主楼、两栋客房单元楼、一个活动区组成的，the main group of the farmstay is made by host unit, gust units and activity area
This lack of familiarity coupled with the changing socio-cultural landscape has eroded the relationship between traditional buildings and the people living in them. As people livelihoods changed, traditional homes are becoming less relevant, resulting in an increasingly popular trend of replacing vernacular homes for generic concrete houses. Vernacular houses are either inadequately adapted with ‘modern extensions’ or being dismantled and sold as reclaimed timber, in parts spurred on by other poorly adapted buildings.
▼当地家住形式的农场民宿，the farmstay is full of familiarity like the local tradition home ©Baan lae suan
▼传统风格的主楼，host unit in traditional ©Baan lae suan
▼主楼上部外观，exterior view of host unit upper floor ©Baan lae suan
▼零散分布于周边环境中的洗手间、主厨房和用餐区，the restroom, main kitchen and dinning pavilion spread out in the surroundings
The AHSA FARMSTAY Project address this issue through the programme of cultural tourism and the conservation of vernacular architecture for future generations. In the chapter Form from Colin Davies’ Thinking About Architecture, the relationship between Form and Matter is discussed. Davies pointed out that although form and matter are closely intertwined, they are very much two distinct entities. Two prevalent ideas in conservation are the conflict between form and matter, over which should take precedence in being preserved.
▼农场田地和树木环绕的主厨房，main kitchen surrounded by the farm land and trees ©Thitaya Tan
▼主厨房，main kitchen ©Jirakit Panomphongphaisarn
▼主楼下的厨房空间，kitchen space under the host unit ©Thitaya Tan
▼客房单元及外部露台、廊道，the gust units and its terrace, passage ©Baan lae suan
▼客房内部，the guest rooms ©Baan lae suan
Re-claimed timber from dismantled homes was selected as the main building material. The architect chose to conserve the essence of the original buildings in parts rather than restoring as whole. The matter which made up the original buildings are preserved as individual components which are reassembled, taking on new forms to serve new functions. Extensive documentation of individual pieces was undertaken to minimize construction cost and material wastage. Some material has distinctive forms resulting from previous joinery, which are preserved and celebrated. Each mark tells the story of the journey of each piece of timber, where it has been, and how it was used. Some details were designed to mimic vernacular construction methods, others were updated and improved upon to ensure structural integrity.
▼建筑以回收旧实木为主要材料，部分细节采用传统建筑工艺，Re-claimed timber as the main material and some details is constructed by vernacular construction method ©Thitaya Tan
▼木构造细部，timber structure detail ©Thitaya Tan(first)©Baan lae suan(last two)
Ultimately, the AHSA FARMSTAY project allowed the architect to demonstrate that vernacular architecture could be updated and made relevant to the shifting socio-cultural as well as socio-economic scene of present times.
建筑事务所：Creative Crews Ltd.
项目年份： 2017 至今
业主: Rung Rak Chan Co., Ltd
机电工程师：EXM CONSULTANT CO., LTD
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2. LAMPTAN: LED 灯
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Project name: AHSA FARMSTAY
Architect’ Firm: Creative Crews Ltd.
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Maechan, Chiang Rai
Completion Year: 2018
Gross Built Area: 565 sqm.
Photo credits: Thitaya Tan
Client: Rung Rak Chan Co., Ltd
Craftsman Team: Bundanjai
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