Thursday, May 03, 2012

Architecture award for Phuket's Bluepoint condo

Thailand’s Bluepoint condo development on the island of Phuket, and already a winner at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards has revealed it has won another accolade - this time from Canada.

Paul Raff Studio, the architects for Bluepoint, have won an Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) award for their design of the development’s sales pavilion. Mr Raff is an Ontarian.

The pavilion design was submitted under the “Small buildings, design excellence” category, described by the OAA as “Recognising the innovative skills of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings and communities that respect and enhance the environment and enrich human activity”.

Entries were evaluated by a jury of architects for their creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and 'legacy'.

Mr Raff describes his design as “a project that transforms a prefab box-frame and off-the-shelf planks into an artful, dynamic pavilion”.

He said: “The pavilion’s form, material and construction were inspired by the iconic regional presence of the curved wooden boats of local fishermen. Fishing boats today are still constructed in the manner of the region’s first-known inhabitants 2,000 years ago, by curving lengths of timber over a [wooden] framework.”

The pavilion is primarily made out of an innovative wood composite material composed of sawdust waste from timber mills. Its form is shaped to shade the interior, reducing heat gain and associated carbon footprint by more than 60 percent.

Image: The fishing boat-inspired wooden curves that helped Paul Raff Studio win the Ontario architecture award.


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Source From Property Guru

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