Bamboo Sports Hall in Thailand

You don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the gorgeous new open-air sports pavilion at the Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. From the outside, the 782m2 building looks something like a shingled turtle shell—featuring a three-tiered, curved roof with undulating edges. But inside, bamboo steals the show.

The eco friendly hall was commissioned by the Panyaden International School, a bilingual institution for kindergarteners to year seven. The school is known for being a progressive place that not only focuses on creating the future for a better tomorrow, but does it in the most humane and sustainable ways possible, which is why they partnered with Chiangmai Life Architects, a firm that specializes in bamboo and earth architecture. The building is expected to last for at least 50 years.

CLA’s design is based on the lotus flower, a symbol of both Thailand and Buddhist teachings. the design team, led by Markus Roselieb and Tosapon Sittiwong, was asked to construct a large hall able to accommodate 300 students while blending with its natural surroundings. The brief also called for modern sports facilities and stated that only bamboo could be used to maintain the school’s low carbon footprint.

Earthquakes, high winds, and other natural situations this region often deals with have all been taken into account, and the designers have made sure their bamboo structure can withstand all of these unfortunate circumstances as they do happen. Also, proper ventilation and insulation have been implemented to ensure the students are cool all year around.

Images by Markus Roselieb and Alberto Cosi