A contemporary interior in Chiang Mai, Thailand, featuring walls and lighting features made of rattan and wood.

All images by William Barrington Binns, © Enter Projects Asia

In South East Asia where palm trees grow abundantly, rattan has traditionally provided a source of sustainable, affordable, and adaptable material for everything from homewares and furniture to sports equipment and crafts. Architecture firm Enter Projects Asia (previously) has transformed an art gallery in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by weaving a continuous, undulating form throughout the space. Winding from room to room, the structure provides lighting along the ceiling and drops to the floor to create three pods.

Known for its use of the thin, malleable wood that can be dried in long strips and shaped into sweeping, airy volumes, Enter Projects seized an opportunity to reinterpret the existing interior with the addition of warm tones and curving lines. “We sought to create an immersive experience, giving the space a warmth and depth uncharacteristic of conventional art galleries,” explains architect and director Patrick Keane. An important facet of the project was to embrace traditional Thai craftsmanship and materials with a focus on sustainability. “It is not hard to be sustainable in construction if we adapt to our environment. Why would we use synthetic, toxic plastics when we have all the noble materials right at our fingertips?”

You can explore more on Enter Projects’ website and on Instagram.

 

A contemporary interior in Chiang Mai, Thailand, featuring walls and lighting features made of rattan and wood.

Undulating Volumes of Rattan Wind Through the Interior of a Chiang Mai Gallery

A contemporary interior in Chiang Mai, Thailand, featuring walls and lighting features made of rattan and wood.

Two images side-by-side of a contemporary interior in Chiang Mai, Thailand, featuring walls and lighting features made of rattan and wood.

An image of the exterior courtyard of an art gallery in Chiang Mai featuring a rattan lighting feature that winds in and out of the building.

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