This project designed by Chiangmai Life Architect for the Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School which combines modern organic design, 21st century engineering and a natural material - bamboo.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Architect: Chiangmai Life Architect
Location: Chiangmai, Thailand
Year: 2017
Photos: Alberto Cosi, Markus Roselieb (CLA)

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Project's description: Panyaden International School is situated in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It’s philosophy is to teach human values based on love for nature and Buddhist educational principles alongside an internationally competitive British curriculum. As the climate is mainly hot or wet, it became important as the school grew to provide for a sheltered sports arena. Thus the Panyaden International School Sports Hall was conceived.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

True to its principles the whole school was built only with natural materials to bring the kids closer to nature and show them these materials are actually superior to the main construction materials as they keep the rooms cool and are pleasant to look at and touch. At the same time they reduced the carbon footprint by 90% compared to the standard techniques of construction.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The design was based on the lotus flower as Panyaden International School is in Thailand and uses Buddhist teachings to infuse values into its academic curriculum and teach the underlying mechanisms of the human mind.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The brief was to build a hall that should be big enough to hold the projected capacity of 300 students, but still smoothly integrates with the previous earthen and bamboo buildings of the school as well as the natural hilly landscape of the area. It should provide modern sports facilities and use only bamboo to maintain the low carbon footprint and the “Green School” mission of Panyaden.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The hall covers an area of 782 sqm, and hosts futsal, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, as well as a stage that can be lifted automatically. The backdrop of the stage is the front wall of a storage room for sports and drama equipment. On both long sides balconies provide space for parents and other visitors to observe sporting events or shows.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The design and material enable a cool and pleasant climate all year round through natural ventilation and insulation. At the same time, the exposed bamboo structure is a feast to the eye and an exhibition of masterly handicraft.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The hall was designed with the help of 2 independent engineers to modern safety standards of loads, shear forces etc. to withstand the local high-speed winds, earthquakes and all other natural forces.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The innovative structural design is based on newly developed prefabricated bamboo trusses with a span of over 17 meters without steel reinforcements or connections. These trusses were prebuilt on site and lifted into position with the help of a crane.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Panyaden’s Sports Hall’s carbon footprint is zero. The bamboo used absorbed carbon to a much higher extent than the carbon emitted during treatment, transport and construction.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

The bamboo was all well selected for age and treated with borax salt. No toxic chemicals were involved in the treatment process. The life span of the bamboo hall is expected to be at least 50 years.

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

Bamboo Sports Hall Panyaden International School by CLA

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This project designed by Chiangmai Life Architect for the Bamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School which combines modern organic design

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