Olav Bruin

Manta Ray-Inspired Children's Activity Den Made of Bamboo

by , 12/27/10
filed under: Architecture

manta ray dome, bamboo dome, bamboo architecture, green design, green architecture, eco architecture children's activity center, soneva kiri, eco resort, 24h architecture

The unique ‘Children’s Activity and Learning Centre’ at the 6-star Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand is a study in sustainable construction. Dutch firm 24H-architecture designed the bamboo building as a way to provide visiting children with a wide range of entertaining activities that could raise their level of ecological awareness. The “Den,” as it is called, provides a number of outposts, including an auditorium for films, lectures and plays; a library filled with books on permaculture and local traditions; an art room; a music room; and a fashion room offering children both a creative and ecological destination to learn. The center’s manta ray-inspired bamboo dome is perched at an elevated position, seemingly ready to launch itself into the bay from the location on which it is perched.

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