Architects Build Thai Townhouse Façade Out Of Banana Plants
TreeHugger has often discussed the use of screens or shutters to keep the sun out while providing ventilation and privacy. Thai architects Pailin Paijitsattaya and Kanin Amboon of Architectkidd found a more local, traditional way of doing this: hand woven banana plants.
The section shows how the air can flow through the building.
The architects write about the project, called "Happyland":
We're not quite facade engineering specialists, but we have been using our curiosity as motivation to investigate possibilities and materials in buildings. In the process, we hope to develop designs that are not strictly limited to functional or technical criteria. In this recent project, we have created a new 3-storey facade using hand-made woven plant fibers as its primary cladding material.
Team members Pailin Paijitsattaya and Kanin Amboon focused on a particular banana plant found in Thailand that exhibited relatively robust properties for a natural material when processed. The techniques used to fabricate the facade were based on the team's research and Kanin's visits to communities outside of Bangkok to learn traditional techniques of harvesting and processing of the plant materials for typical uses such as basket weaving, mats and other domestic functions.
The double twisting technique provides the necessary strength for the architectural application and the pattern was designed to allow for natural ventilation into the interior spaces of the townhouse while maintaining a level of privacy.
By using banana plant as a building facade material, the final outcome took what is considered a very 'vernacular' material and inserted it into a contemporary building context - the renovation of a townhouse for a typical suburban residential development.
Thanks for the tip from Luke at Architectkidd