Fai-Fah School

Spark
Thailand, 2011

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Data

  • Begun: Jul 2011
  • Completed: Dec 2011
  • Floor area: 569m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Procurement: Open bidding mechanism
  • Address: Thailand, United Kingdom

Professional Team

Conversion of two shophouse units into a charity school for children in Thailand

The two existing adjacent shophouse units, which sit within a long stretch of similar accommodation on a main road, have been combined to create a school that provides free classes in music, drawing, painting, graphic design, gardening, dance, martial arts and cooking.

The school is easily located by an enormous criss-crossed steel lattice screen which is plugged into the facade, with its name in large illuminating letters, and a bold yellow interior visible through its ground-level glass frontage. The top of this screen folds back over a roof deck, where a garden will be installed.

Due to the small floor plates of the combined units small floor plates a singular programmatic function is placed on each level. The ground level is a flexible space referred to as the ‘living room’, which connects to a small rear courtyard with an angular mezzanine level that contains a gallery. A library and meeting room occupy level two. An art studio is placed on level three and a sprung floor on the fourth level accommodates dance and martial arts classes.

A yellow-painted block of storage and bathroom spaces – has been plugged into the rear of the centre.

Materials

Steel frame

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