Multifaceted use of Bamboo in new Thailand lab

We hope there’s no hungry panda’s nearby as Chiangmai life architects (CLA) has built an environment-based science labs and music centre for Panyaden International School in Thailand using bamboo, rammed earth, and adobe bricks.

The project’s philosophy integrates sustainability and being close to nature as a trademark. The architecture incorporates contemporary design and modern engineering knowledge in order to achieve a minimal carbon footprint.


Using natural materials such as bamboo, rammed earth, and adobe bricks in organic forms to integrate the building into the natural environment, based on modern structural and safety calculations. The building is shaped like an ‘L’; the bamboo roof looks like a heart from above. The natural materials, especially the adobe walls, are great sound insulators, keeping the surrounding areas quiet. The science labs consists of three lab rooms furnished with all the essential equipment. The middle compartment acts as a supply, storage, and central distribution room for gas and all lab materials.

The user’s imagination is captured by the unusual contrasts, as well as by the unexpected smooth blending between the exposed bamboo structure and earthen walls with the cutting-edge technology within the lab space. The center also includes an ambient controlled instrument storage room that reduces the humidity fluctuations experienced in northern Thailand. Because of the roof’s non-reflective bamboo surfaces, the sound experience is very clear without an echo.

The music center comprises two adjacent buildings, one hosting the performance hall, and the other one, housing four smaller music rooms for individual sessions. The roof design brings the two buildings together, resembling two hands or wings in a protective gesture for the structure underneath. Inside the rooms, the visible bamboo roof with its arches and flowing curves, encourages the students to get in touch with the natural flow of music.

Images by Chiangmai Life Architects (CLA) via Design Boom







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