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PADDY DRYING PLANT

Mae Sai, Chiangrai
Thailand
2017

PADDY DRYING PLANT

Mae Sai, Chiangrai
Thailand
2017

PADDY DRYING PLANT

Mae Sai, Chiangrai
Thailand
2017

Located in the mountainous region of Chiang Rai, the Prince Chakraband Pensiri Center for Plant Development’s mission is to develop local horticulture and provide a depository of seeds which can be re-distributed to farmers in the aftermath of natural disasters. Rice being one of the region's major crops, a new paddy grain drying plant and depository was established there under Royal Decree to serve rice farmers in northern Thailand, and A49 were engaged for this undertaking.


Our designers studied the center’s process of drying, storing and re-distribution of rice grains in order to create a design that fully supports the functions and requirements of the drying plant and grain depository.


Due the imposing size of the machinery involved, careful consideration was given to design a plant that would not stand in stark contrast to its environment. The result was a Thai Lanna style building, with earth tone colors on the exterior making the large structure appear homogenous with the nature around it. Brightly colored paints, inspired by the surrounding plots of colorful fruits and vegetables, were chosen to soften the harsh appearance of the industrial equipment’s mechanical components.


One of the main requisites of the drying plant is good ventilation to disperse heat generated by the machinery during the drying process. A cool, dry environment is also needed for grain storage in the depository area. The building was thus designed with a double roof and louvered walls. Wire mesh is installed internally to prevent insects and rodents from entering the grain store.


The Royal Paddy Grain Drying Plant and Depository serves to further the development of the local community and, in the same vein, provided an opportunity for those involved in the construction to garner invaluable experience and knowledge regarding the design of such facilities. 

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