Award Cycle:Status:ShortlistedLocation:Nakhon Pathom, ThailandClient:Kantana InstituteArchitect:Bangkok Project Studio / Boonserm Premthada, Bangkok, ThailandDesign:2008-2009Size:Ground floor area: 2000 m² - Total site area: 16000 m²Completed:2011
Massive eight-metre-high handmade brick walls with undulating geometric profiles characterise this undergraduate college. They are supported by a steel inner structure, the cavity between inner and outer skin affording protection against heat transfer. The complexs five different areas - administration office, lecture room, workshop, library and canteen - are all connected by an inserted forest in the form of a greystone and concrete pathway punctuated by trees, running centrally along a solid east-west and a broken north-south axis. Where this extends beyond the confines of the functional buildings, openings in the walls provide relaxation spaces and a link with the green landscaping beyond.