Situated on a bank of the Chao Phraya River, in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, The Wine Ayutthaya is a new leisure place for wine drinkers. The building was constructed to become a new tourist attraction in the hopes of stimulating the economy of local communities surrounding this world heritage site, which was the capital city of Thailand 400 years ago. The building is a product of architectural creativity and environmental context moulded into a magnet for tourists.
A single story building blends in with existing large trees in a carefully designed landscape. The building is nine metres in height and 11 metres equally in width and length and is made entirely of steel-reinforced plywood. The interior of the wine house is divided into four platforms, each with its own height that serves as a vantage point for visitors to absorb the beautiful view of the river from different angles, contrasting the interior with the exterior spaces. There are five sets of spiral stairs attached to each platform. The ground floor is occupied by a wine bar, and seats are placed between the staircases. The platforms and staircases are scenic viewpoints.
The building is protected from rain and humidity, by resin-coated plywood and PVC covering sheets. From the exterior, the undulating PVC sheets visually soften the building, meanwhile exposing the interior through its transparency.
In this building, plywood, a material normally used in interiors as furniture structures is being used as a building structure. This has broadened the potential and transforms the perception of plywood from a temporary material to a permanent and extraordinary edifice.
To overcome conceptual limitations and face challenges in both material and scale in order to create an all-embracing architecture is the purpose of The Wine Ayutthaya, a work of art to revive the spirit of this once majestic ancient city.
Architects | Bangkok Project Studio, Bangkok, Thailand
Location | Bangkok, Thailand
Technical info | Transparent PVC sheets
Picture credits | Shapeshift Studio