Located within the 6-star hotel resort Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood island in the gulf of Thailand, the Children’s Activity and Learning Centre was built by the 24H>architecture team.
Built in the shape of a giant manta ray, this giant treehouse provides visiting children a wide range of entertaining activities, including an auditorium/cinema for films, lectures and plays, a library with books on permaculture and local traditions, an art room, a music room, thus giving children both creative and ecological education while playing. It also provides a kitchen together with a garden for the children to prepare their self-grown vegetables with a special cook.
The Den is located on a rocky slope close to the sea, and features a breathtaking view over the sea and the jungle from up to 26 feet high up. With its Manta ray-inspired, bamboo dome it seems to launch itself directly into the bay. The structure and roof are made from local Thai bamboo and other wood, thus contributing further to the ecological approach of the resort.
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The interior of the treehouse is made from local plantation River Red Gum wood and rattan structural elements for the inner domes. The design adopts all bioclimatic aspects to suit its humid, tropical environment. The roof cantilevers up to 8m, acting like a big umbrella providing shade and protection from the heavy rains.
The open design with the translucent, elevated rooftop and setback floors allow a natural airflow inside and the use of natural daylight. A little extra dining treehouse and a sleeping pod complete the site. An insane place to discover, play and never leave again!
All pictures by courtesy of 24H>architecture © Kiattipong Panchee & Boris Zeisser