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“If you want to see birds, you have to hide”. “Hiding structures” keep humans away and at the same time in touch with birds and nature, keeping wildlife near without fear.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

“If you want to see birds, you have to hide”. “Hiding structures” keep humans away and at the same time in touch with birds and nature, keeping wildlife near without fear.

Site 2: Everything happens within six meters.

Project Entry 2014 Asia Pacific - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific,GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Around 10,000 birds are smuggled through Thailand each year to be sold on the world’s growing black market. Police confiscate illegally-traded birds as evidence, but most birds die because they cannot be properly cared for. These endangered birds now have a new shelter. At a hotel adjacent to a natural paradise, a reserve serves both birds and people alike including a bird clinic, a library, an auditorium, and more, in a site that simulates the natural habitat.

Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Bird Sanctuary has been developed with the aim to serve as a bird haven. It will first supplement the avian habitats that have been encroached by human settlements and also serve multiple ecosystem functions.

Population growth and urban sprawl have encroached upon flat terrain, leaving birds and other animals without habitat. The “Bird Sanctuary” is designed to serve local communities and bird populations by reclaiming and reusing existing structures.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

Population growth and urban sprawl have encroached upon flat terrain, leaving birds and other animals without habitat. The “Bird Sanctuary” is designed to serve local communities and bird populations by reclaiming and reusing existing structures.

The Bird Sanctuary has been developed with the aim to serve as a bird haven. It will first supplement the avian habitats that have been encroached by human settlements and also serve multiple ecosystem functions.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

The Bird Sanctuary has been developed with the aim to serve as a bird haven. It will first supplement the avian habitats that have been encroached by human settlements and also serve multiple ecosystem functions.

The old police station is turned into the Bird Sanctuary’s main information center. It stands at the fulcrum of the site and is wrapped with an ecological skin made of palm branches, including slits for both children and adults to peek through the soft skin while camouflaging humans from the birds. Being three meters above the ground also gives visitors an opportunity to see the panoramic view of the bird haven.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

The old police station is turned into the Bird Sanctuary’s main information center. It stands at the fulcrum of the site and is wrapped with an ecological skin made of palm branches, including slits for both children and adults to peek through the soft skin while camouflaging humans from the birds. Being three meters above the ground also gives visitors an opportunity to see the panoramic view of the bird haven.

Meditation Pods: Since locals enjoy bird hunting as a pastime, meditation pods for monks (Kuti) are merged onto the design strategy. The presence of monks clad in saffron-colored robes on the site helps to reduce hunting and human encroachment.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

Meditation Pods: Since locals enjoy bird hunting as a pastime, meditation pods for monks (Kuti) are merged onto the design strategy. The presence of monks clad in saffron-colored robes on the site helps to reduce hunting and human encroachment.

Bird rehabilitation facilities: Abused birds require time to recuperate. The rehab facility provides three protected habitats for injured water birds, small birds and birds of prey. The size of each protected area is designed with regard to three requirements: flight suitability, recapturing readiness and visitor visibility.

Global finalist entry 2015 - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary

Bird rehabilitation facilities: Abused birds require time to recuperate. The rehab facility provides three protected habitats for injured water birds, small birds and birds of prey. The size of each protected area is designed with regard to three requirements: flight suitability, recapturing readiness and visitor visibility.

Site 1: Boutique hotel, learning facilities and home for injured birds.

Project Entry 2014 Asia Pacific - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

March “Protective Wing”, our project for a bird sanctuary in Chiang Mai, has received top honors in the 2014 regional Holcim Awards for Asia Pacific, an award recognizing the m…

Site 1: Boutique hotel, transforming old tobacco-curing barns into bird hospices.

Project Entry 2014 Asia Pacific - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

13 Projects Win Regional Holcim Awards 2014 for Asia Pacific,GOLD: “Protective Wing” Bird Sanctuary . Image Courtesy of Holcim Foundation

Materials and construction techniques: Soft architecture, ecology skin.

Project Entry 2014 Asia Pacific - Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Materials and construction techniques: Soft architecture, ecology skin.


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