Little Shelter Hotel

Designed by: Department of Architecture
For client: Little Shelter Co., Ltd. Floor area: 890.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year

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Lush surrounding landscape subtly filters through the interior spaces. The uninterrupted translucency polycarbonate surface is achieved by a special detail design using translucent studs and special transparent screws to construct the wall.

About the Project

The design of Little Shelter is our contemporary interpretations of Northern Thai vernacular architecture, particularly on creating dialogue between old and new materials. While the traditional wood shingles are used on the roof and side walls, front and river-side facades are made of industrial polycarbonate sheets cut into shingles, fixing with translucent studs and special transparent screws. These uninterrupted translucency architectural surfaces delicately reflect the lush surrounding, create dramatic light condition for interior spaces, and become a glowing lantern at night.
The public area interior complements the exterior simplicity, gives a gallery-like feeling that accommodates the site-specific installations inspired by the famous Boh–Srang umbrella of Chiang Mai, and creates delicate and dramatic silhouettes expressing contemporary interpretation of the local handicraft.
The guest room interior is a place to rediscover Chiang Mai in a new angle, literally. “Looking-up” images of important places and cultural events of Chiang Mai are placed on the entire ceiling, infinitely reflected onto the two long walls cladded with small mirror acrylic shingles, giving a surreal borderless impression. The images are all different for each room, emanating different and unique feeling suitable for any preferences of the guests.
Little Shelter is not only a place to sleep. It is an introduction of the past, the present, and probably the future of Chiang Mai to its visitors.

What’s unique about it

The project explored innovative approaches on how industrial materials being used with inspirations from traditional technique of wood shingles. Polycarbonate sheets cut into wood shingle size are fixed to standard polycarbonate caps (modified to be used as horizontal studs) with special translucent screws. These innovative details guarantee a perfect translucent effect and allow light to pass through, and to subtly glow at night, without visual interruption of wood supports and metal screws.
All of the wood shingles were leftover from timber manufacturing. We carefully determined the size of wall shingle based on these available timber pieces, with consideration of market-size polycarbonate sheet, in order to use both materials with minimum waste. The remaining from making wall shingles was used on the roof as non-standard size pieces. This thorough material consideration is an example on the environmental-friendly way materials should be handled.
Little Shelter also gives a new life to Boh–Srang umbrella, considered obsolete to contemporary culture. The lobby installation inspired by the famous handicraft interacts with the light coming through the translucent façade during the day, and beautifully casts intricate shadows onto ceiling plane at night. Another installation creates delicate and dramatic silhouettes to the entire restaurant ceiling. Our attempt might inspire others to rethink how old-fashion traditional elements can be interpreted in modern days.

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Images of floating lanterns placed on the entire ceiling, infinitely reflected onto the two long walls cladded with small mirror shingles, giving a surreal borderless sensation.

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The images on the guestroom ceilings are all different. Each emanates different and unique feeling. For this room, the leafless forest gives a relaxing feel to the room ambience.

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The lobby and corridor minimal materials give the space a stark, gallery-like feeling that accommodates the 10-meter-high site-specific installation inspired by the famous Boh–Srang umbrella of Chiang Mai.

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The light passes through the facades and creates varying interior atmosphere at different time with the changing light condition of the sky.

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Umbrella frame installation the entire ceiling of the restaurant creates delicate and dramatic silhouettes expressing contemporary interpretation of the local handcraft.

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One step from a bright white lobby is painted in dark gray giving a romantic and sophisticate feel to the restaurant / bar.

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On the river façade, each guestroom balcony has a large square opening on the translucent building skin framing the river view.

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On the entrance façade, the upper portion is composed of solid wood shingles continued from the roof, trickling down to mix with the translucent polycarbonate shingles.

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The building glows like a lantern at night, and expresses its inner life through the architectural translucent skin.

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Credits:
NEXT Engineering Design Co., Ltd.

NEXT Engineering Design Co., Ltd.

Accent Studio

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