WIENERBERGER SPECIAL PRIZE WINNER 2014

ARCHITECTS: BOONSERM PREMTHADA / Bangkok Project Studio

LOCATION: Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

BUILDING’S PURPOSE: Non-residential building

FLOOR AREA: 2,000 m²

COMPLETION DATE: 2011

BRICK TYPE: Others

 

The Kantana Film and Animation Institute was built of more than 600,000 hand-made bricks obtained from Thailand’s last brick-producing village. The blocks are twice the size of normal bricks; owing to their cavities, they transfer less heat into the inside of the building as usual. Unemployed people from the area were trained to carry out the construction works, a fact giving the projects, which consists of many interior courtyards and islands of interaction, an important social connotation.

 

Jury Statement, Wang Shu, China

The Kantana Film and Animation Institute uses a spatial brick wall, and you recognise the relation it has to the traditional temples. The building blends in with the trees and the surrounding green landscape, which gives it a very spatial and ‘secret’ feeling. It’s a very good example of combining function with this beautiful feeling. The layering of the bricks, one on top of the other, is a very typical skill in the tradition of brick construction. In the case of this project, the brick is not just about decoration, it’s also about the whole structure of the construction, which I think is very important; very simple, but very beautiful. It’s the first project where I instantly thought, “It’s good”.

 

 

Watch the official video below:

 

 

 

 

Kantana Film and Animation Institute

Brick 14:Kantana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

Katana Film and Animation Institute

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