Suriya Umpansiriratana

Bangkok

Walled monk's cell

Watkhaobuddhakodom, Chonburi Province | Thailand | Completed 2009-2010

Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Design intentions

First, a large wall shields the monks' quarters from the clamor of the road, creates privacy and serves as alandmark for the temple. This wall remains open to the view downhili towards the acean, and encloses an outdoor courtyard for the monks' daily activities. Second, two large water tanks holding 6000 L are placed inside the tight bend in the wall created by the hairpin turn. Here they gather rainwater from the roof. Since this is the top of the site, no pumps are required to supply the monks' daily activities, showers and toilets. Grey water continues downhilI to feed creepers planted along the base of the wall by the road. These will gradually grow up over the wall, further shielding the monks' cells from noise and dust, and softening the weight of the wall. The slope, the wall and the rain - everything is brought tagether in a cycle.

Building Area: 130 sq.m

Design team:

- Anan Yuenprakon
- Natapon Nimlamai
- Pirak Anurakyawachon
- Panicha Bhusarakumtrakul

Client:

Watkhaobuddhakodom, Chonburi Province, Thailand

Project partners:

Structural Engineer - Tanya Ongsiriporn
Constructor - Anan Yuenprakon
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok
Suriya Umpansiriratana-Walled monk's cell
photographer: Pirak Anurakyawachon/Spaceshift Studio Bangkok