Little Shelter is located in Chiang Mai where its old cityscape and vernacular architecture are characterized by wood structure with shingle pitched roof. The hotel roof form inspired by traditional hip roofs as homage to the local architecture has a little reinterpretation with an asymmetrical form blending naturally with the surrounding tree top silhouette. The west side of the roof is partially carved out to become a roof deck for guests to enjoy the panoramic river view at sunset.
The design continues the local architectural character through the use of the predominant traditional material – the wood shingles. The most interesting aspect of the material is in its system that has been well developed for hundreds of years. Small units of wood shingles are laid out like fish scales to become a watertight architectural plane. The design has explored a possibility to fuse new materials into the system to create a contemporary architectural surface yet deeply rooted in tradition.
▼酒店屋顶的形状参考并致敬了当地的传统建筑，the hotel roof form is inspired by traditional hip roofs as homage to the local architecture
▼木瓦单元像鱼鳞般排列成一块密不透水的建筑平面，small units of wood shingles are laid out like fish scales to become a watertight architectural plane
▼木瓦系统细部，wood shingle system
The wood shingles are used on the roof and side walls. On the river facade, polycarbonate sheets are cut into the same size as wood shingles and constructed to become the architectural translucent facade. On the entrance façade, the upper portion is composed of solid wood shingles and they trickle down to mixed with polycarbonate shingles on the lower part. Although working with the traditional shingle system, the uninterrupted translucency surface is achieved by a special detail design using translucent studs and special transparent screws. The facade is glittering in the sun as the light touches different material grains, from the solid wood shingles to the different translucency levels of the polycarbonate shingles. The light passes through the facade and creates varying interior atmosphere at different time with the changing light condition of the sky.
▼木瓦从建筑顶部“洒落”下来，逐渐与聚碳酸酯表面融为一体，the upper portion is composed of solid wood shingles and they trickle down to mixed with polycarbonate shingles on the lower part
▼立面细部，facade detailed view
▼闪闪发光的半透明立面，the translucent facade is glittering in the sun
At night with the light from the inside, the building becomes a lantern glowing on the riverbank. The structure seems less of a building but becomes more like a piece of craftwork.
▼背部立面夜景，rear facade night view
The public area interior complements the exterior simplicity, gives a gallery-like feeling that accommodates the site-specific installations inspired by the famous Boh–Srang umbrella, and creates delicate and dramatic silhouettes expressing contemporary interpretation of the local handicraft.
▼一层公共区域，public area on the ground floor
▼专门定制的装置艺术品，灵感源于经典的Boh–Srang伞， the site-specific installations inspired by the famous Boh–Srang umbrella
The guest room interior is a place to rediscover Chiang Mai in a new angle, literally. Images of important places and events of Chiang Mai such as its ancient city wall, floating lantern festival, pine forest, Pah-Chor canyon, etc., are placed on the entire ceiling. The images infinitely reflected onto the two long walls cladded with small mirror shingles, giving a surreal borderless sensation. The images are all different for each of the fourteen guest rooms. Each emanates different and unique feeling: tranquil, playful, cultured, mysterious, etc. suitable for any preferences of the guests.
▼客房的天花板上装饰着与清迈的重要地点和事件有关的图像，images of important places and events of Chiang Mai are placed on the entire ceiling
▼图像从天花板无限地延伸至覆盖以镜面的墙壁，the images infinitely reflected onto the two long walls cladded with small mirror shingles
▼客房室内阳台，guest room balcony
▼户外公共区域，outdoor public area
Little Shelter is not only a place to sleep. It is an introduction of the past, the present, and probably the future of Chiang Mai to its visitors.
▼立面细部，facade detailed view
▼室内细部，interior detailed view
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
Project Name: Little Shelter Hotel
Client: Little Shelter Co., Ltd.
Location: 208, 25 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 5000
Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design: Department of Architecture Co.
Principal Architect: Amata Luphaiboon, Twitee Vajrabhaya
Project Architect: Adhithep Leewananthawet
Architectural Design Team: Pitchaya Poonsin, Tanadeth Mahapolsirikun, Supavit Junsompitsiri
Interior Design Team: Yada Pianpanit, Apisara Lertrattanakit
Lighting Designer: Accent Studio
Structural Engineer: NEXT Engineering Design Co., Ltd.
MEP Engineer: NEXT Engineering Design Co., Ltd.
Main Materials: Wood shingle, polycarbonate sheet, and colored-concrete
Building Area: 890 sq.m.
Design Period: May/2017 – January/2018
Construction Period: December/2017- April/2019
Photographs: W Workspace Company Limited