Thai architects Pailin Paijitsattaya and Kanin Amboon of Architectkidd have used hand woven banana plants to form the facade for this new 3-storey building in Thailand. The shutters are a trditional way to keep the sun out while providing ventilation and privacy.
The screens are formed from hand-made woven plant fibres and provide the building with its primary cladding material. The team employed a banana plant found in Thailand that has robust properties for a natural material when processed. The methods used to construct the facade were based on traditional techniques of harvesting and processing of the banana plant for basket weaving, mats and other domestic uses.
A double twisting technique provided the necessary strength for the architectural application and the pattern was designed to allow for natural ventilation into the interior spaces of the house while maintaining a level of privacy.1