In the project Elephant World in Thailand’s Surin Province, the architecture attempts to describe unique differences between Thai locals and Thai elephants compared to the relationships between man and elephant found in other cultures. The elephant is considered a part of the human family structure, and as a result, is one of the tamest of all elephants in the world due to their close emotional ties to their human caretakers. Therefore, Elephant World isn’t viewed as a collection of cages for undomesticated animals, but rather large residence for one of the human family members. The site is located in rural area 52 kilometers north from the city of Surin, Thailand. I design the building to touch the ground ever so lightly to minimize the interruption of Mother Earth. Almost like an elephant’s foot.
The elephant museum a living museum. I imagine walking along the walls of the elephant museum, looking at my lost memory, seeing the children and elephants at play and thinking about our future. The observation tower, its structure ages beautifully with the weather. A transparent structure in various scale create different interior space of the building. At the same time, it will change the outside space. It is not a self-showcase building but it is a place for hospitality and relax. I design the elephant stadium like a home for both human and elephant. The house not only speaks of its self but also reflects to high luxury knowledge that related natural elephant’s home. It looks huge in scale but humble in form. Elephants feel free movement in large area like walking in a forest without a path. A poetic of terrain
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