Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Architecture, Thai Property Design Photos
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn
3 February 2024
Design: PAVA architects
Location: Chiang Mai, north Thailand
Photos by Spaceshift Studio
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn, Thailand
PAVA architects introduces Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn, is an adaptive-reused project of a sixty-eight-year old tobacco processing plant estate in Chiang Mai, Thailand owned by Kaomai Estate 1955.
The project revitalizes the overlooked industrial typology of the once glorious community’s socioeconomic center. Inserting the new contemporary uses into the old barns resurrects this local center and conserving the architectural and ecological heritage creates an oasis among the urban development.
The architect designed the masterplan and the symbiosis framework to balance the co-existence between the old tobacco drying barns, mature trees, and new uses to pass on and sustain the community legacy economically, ecologically, and respectfully.
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn is adapted for new educational, recreational, and commercial programs, and the barn cluster was transformed by subtle design intervention strategies that maintain the barn’s values and authenticity.
The first Museum was preserved by repairing and reinstalling original elements; brick surfaces, reinforced concrete structures, gable roofs, voids, furnaces, tobacco hanging sticks, etc.
The second Kaomai Museum was inserted by a new offset foundation and steel structure, strengthening the existing barn and flexible for extension. Adding the steel timeline panel serves as an introduction to the estate. The shady existing big trees were preserved by adopted arboriculture techniques to maintain the co-existence between them and the barns. Also, the informative signs in front of the barns exhibit the real evidences of time.
For the Tea Barn, the dilapidated barn was remodeled by reused bricks and a minimum profile of steel insertion, serving for public use and shading. The new sunken space and opened glass walls welcome the horizontal connection to the surrounding programs and close-to-nature experience, while highlighting the vertical immersive tea drinking ambience.
A retaining wall and gravel floor for water management was added, MEP work under the concrete bridge was hidden, the new granite top counter for the heritage trace’s reflection and tea serving ceremony finished, and wood for furniture was reclaimed in the design insertion for the new use. Hidden glow in the dark lighting designs are reminiscent of traditional drying barns. The Tea Barn introduces the new commercial program to sustain the estate.
The project embraces local inclusion, with local artisans and former workers invited to provide the firm with valuable historical information and to share original construction methods and techniques for the barn conversion. As in the past, available local materials were used for all of the barn’s conservation and adaptation.
Moreover, local recruitment draws local people back to the community. Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn respectfully maintains the spirit of place and passes it on to the next generations with this subtle design intervention and adaptation framework.
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn in Chiang Mai, Thailand – Building Information
Architecture: PAVA architects – https://pavaarchitects.com/
About PAVA architects
PAVA architects is an interdisciplinary practice in environmental design studio based in Bangkok, Thailand. In response to climatic challenge, environmental degradation, and urbanization, the firm practices cross-disciplinary boundaries and conducts research to holistically revive, adapt, and transform architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.
Photography: Spaceshift Studio
Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn, Chiang Mai, Thailand information / images received 030224
Location: Chiang Mai, northern Samut Prakan Thailand, Southeast Asia
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