The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) runs the RIBA International Prize competition for buildings that ‘exemplify design excellence, architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact’ for the second time.Vin Varavarn Architects, Design for Disaster NGO and the Department of Architecture in Thailand entered their flagship development Baan Huay Sarn Yaw Post Disaster school as a project and got on the long list together with 62 other projects.
After an earthquake of 6.3 magnitudes on the Richter scale, 73 schools in Northern Thailand were destroyed and more than 2,000 students didn’t have a roof over their heads.
‘Class of 6.3’ is an initiative that brought the architects, NGO, and government department together to find quick and sustainable solutions.
Baan Huay Sarn Yaw school is a stilted structure built from natural materials such as bamboo floorboards with paneled walls in a traditional Thai architectural style.
The little school that will be visited by the RIBA Grand Jury in 2018 is up against architectural goliaths from around the world including the Museum Voorlinden in the Netherlands by the Dutch firm Kraaijvanger and the Kunstmuseum Basel by Swiss designers Christ & Gantenbein.
Winners of the RIBA International Prize will be revealed in December 2018.
Source: photos are courtesy of BK Magazine