Global Holcim Awards finalist 2015

Observing birds in their natural habitats requires multiple viewing levels: water level, human eye-level and elevated level. Sunken platforms are designed to observe water birds without hovering over them. Eye level platforms are laid on the ground to observe grassland birds as well as those in the sand dune. Elevated platforms are raised with varying heights, so that visitors can view out over the distance—seeing birds in their natural behaviors from afar. PROTECTIVE WING 6 I 7 DESIGN-BUILT WORKSHOPS Educating future generations about ecology through hand-on experience has been proven effective in embedding ideas, knowledge and skills. It is also strategic for the project since young architects need practical experience. CBS offers opportunities and space to reconstruct facilities that serve numerous activities such as bird watching, bird caring and learning. Children from provincial schools have been visiting and sketching colorful birds. Architecture students from Bordeaux and Bangkok have been involved in the construction of the project. CBS goes beyond a place to learn and protect but a place to develop camaraderie with peers across the world. Water birds are birds that live on or around water. They are popular targets for hunters. Permanently wounded birds such as missing wings, legs or broken beaks cannot survive in natural habitat. HUMAN& INJURED BIRDS Site B VIEWING WALKWAYS BAMBOO WALKWAY SUNKEN WALKWAY BRIDGE WALKWAY 6B 8B 5B USD 0.4 MILLION LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS Site B • Meditation Pods 32 sq.m. • Bird Viewing Tower 100 sq.m. • Viewing Walkways “If you want to see [birds], you have to hide”. We design “hiding structures” to keep human away yet in touch with birds and nature, keeping wild birds near without fear. taking advantage of the cool ambient from the ground Innovation & Transferability "ECOLOGY SKIN" “Ecology Skin" integrates natural fibers into building enclosures. Palm fiber is used because of its volume & availability, insulating & moisture-retention capability and compatibility with nature. This fiber skin protects buildings from heat, allows seeds to take roots & grow and, in turn, supports food regeneration for all birds in the area. Basically, this architectural skin utilizes natural fiber to serve 4 functions: thermal insulation, acoustic barrier, food supply & animal habitat. It can be replicated in other construction where biodiversity & energy efficiency are desired, vital for today’s urban environment. Economic Performance & Compatibility "ECO- TOURISM" Animal sanctuary serves a growing niche of eco-tourism. Combining the existing green hotel, Chiang Mai Bird Sanctuary could attract high spending travelers who yearn for eco-friendly vacations. Bird hospice & library are integrated to offer an unparalleled learning facility and give injured birds a permanent home as well as become the main attraction for visitors. Thai’s National Park and Forestry Department lacks adequate space to support the growing number of smuggled animals (including smuggled birds). CBS will augment the much needed space for the abused birds and received government annual budget to run the facilities. Additionally, large corporations are integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their policies, CBS could earn fund from research on wild bird rehabilitation with continual government & private sectors sponsorship.