Earthquakes have the power of transforming our buildings into death traps. More often than not, it is the developing countries which suffer the consequences of earthquakes more, due to the lack of seismic-proof buildings.
In May 2014, a severe earthquake hit the Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. The disaster decimated schools, destroying 73 and displacing over 2,000 students. Following the event, the charity Design for Disasters (D4D) launched a rebuilding programme, asking several local studios to design earthquake-resistant schools for the most affected areas.
The school sits on a sloped ground thanks to its steel stilts and merges effective earthquake-resistant building techniques with contemporary, sleek aesthetics. The materials are a mixture of lightweight tech solutions and naturally sourced timber panels. The building is light and strong, and semi-translucent thanks to the extensive roof-lights.
We particularly like the planters on the side of the building, which bring a natural touch to the structure. In regards, the architects explain; “flower pots represent our message to remind the children that, in spite of the harsh and cruel realities caused by natural disasters, nature can also bring beauty and joy to every day of their lives.“