Contribution to a local way of building. Mekong House by PAVA architects | The Strength of Architecture

PAVA is an interdisciplinary environmental project practice studio that was founded in 2018 by Pacharapan Ratananakorn and Varat Limwibul in Bangkok. In response to the climate challenge, environmental degradation and urbanization, they practice interdisciplinary boundaries and conduct research to comprehensively revive, adapt and transform architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.

PAVA considers project practice as a growing process and a holistic system. Time, place and context matter. They believe that architectural practice should reflect the multiple dimensions and invisible layers of economics, politics, culture and the environment. What the project “does” is empowering, calling out memories of the past and hope for the future.

PAVA has been recognized and received with project awards both internationally and locally. In 2023, Kaomai Museums and Tea Barn was the winner of the creative reuse category at the World Architecture Festival and was also praised by Architectural Review at the AR New into Old Awards. The Teak Pavilion and its research were exhibited as the main thematic pavilion at Architect Expo 2023, Bangkok. Kaomai Estate 1955, a master plan and adaptive reuse project, received the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Prize for Cultural Heritage Conservation in the category “New Design in Heritage Contexts”. The Guggenheim Helsinki 2014 design proposal was chosen as a participating architect with ASWA by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The ASA Lanna Headquarters of Northern Thai Architects 2014 competition received the second prize from the Northern Siamese Architects Association under royal patronage.

Pacharapan Ratananakorn worked as a licensed architect and licensed interior architect under the Council of Architects of Thailand and has previous experience with Architeckidd co.,ltd. She was awarded the Holcim Asia Pacific Gold Regional Award 2014 and as a finalist for the Holcim Global Award 2014 for the Protective Wing (Bird Sanctuary) project with Architectkidd from the Lafarge Holcim Foundation, Zurich. She is an adjunct professor and visiting critic in architecture, interior architecture and urban design programs at several universities including Chulalongkorn University, INDA, and Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Pacharapan holds the Bachelor of Architecture in Interior Architecture with Second Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design 2017 from ETH Zurich.

Varat Limwibul has previous experience with Architects 49 Limited in Bangkok, Bjarke Ingels Group in New York and works as a registered architect and landscape architect under the Council of Architects of Thailand. He is an adjunct professor and visiting critic in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design programs at Chulalongkorn University, INDA, and Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Varat worked with Harvard professors GSD for Practices of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Core Studio as a teaching assistant. He worked with Chula Unisearch supporting architectural and landscape designs. Varat holds a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honors 2012 from Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction 2019 from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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