TYIN Tegnestue,Ã‚Â is a non-profit humanitarian organizationÃ‚Â for constructing small scale architectural projects throughout Thailand.Ã‚Â In collaboration with CASE Studio Architects,Ã‚Â they built a community house in a 100 yearÃ‚Â old market building in Min Buri, Bangkok. They constructed a section of the buildingÃ‚Â to house a library that measures 10 x 30 feet with a backyard that faces a canal. The roof and walls of the building were in poor condition, so the architects needed to preserve the old building’s architectural character by creating new elements within the structure that would support themselves. One of the main challenges when building this community is the annual flooding during the course of the rainy season.
The architects came up with a solution to elevate the calmer zones to ensure that the library was still usable throughout the flooded periods. Concrete sidewalls and aired connections were built to helpÃ‚Â prevent humidityÃ‚Â from being trapped within the wooden constructions which would ultimately lead to rotting. As much as possible the project tried to incorporate the use of local and and reused materials. The bookshelves have been constructed from wooden boxes, the cladding has been formed from old and decayed wooden pieces that were collectedÃ‚Â from around the neighboring areas. The construction materialsÃ‚Â themselvesÃ‚Â had to be of higher quality toÃ‚Â stand the test of time, so they were brought in from a local secondhandÃ‚Â woodÃ‚Â shop.Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â main goal of the library project is to strengthen the passion in the neighborhood that can eventuallyÃ‚Â lead to a positive development in the area. Via
Photos: Ã‚Â Pasi Aalto