‘Nutdhi Santi Parang Sukhang’ Peace is the highest bliss
Sukha - ‘Bliss’ in Sanskrit and Pali, ‘Restroom’ in Thai. A blissful place where people can relief and find peace.
Enhancing Self-consciousness, Fast & Simple
The core value of Buddhism is “to be self-conscious”; then people can “understand grief” and “find the way out of grief”. What if a simple space allows people to spend their quick moment of being self-conscious, rather than reaching the great Nibbana. Architects embed this idea into a general everyday activity like “excretion”. To transform just a quick moment of using a toilet to quality moment through a space surrounded by blissful atmosphere; to encourage people to be “restful and self-conscious” in a shortly and simply moment. Covering the eyesore facilities with own-grown Ficus hedges, which is a simple, friendly-cost material. The tree facade makes the architecture blend into the natural background. However, using trees as facade. When the tree is small, its trunk is still short while its leafs are not thick. When it grows up, the leafs will rise up become thicker while the trunk is rise up higher allowing eyesight to look pass through, add a layer of private walls made from twisted steel plate along the trees. which the lower part surface faces forward the eyesight, then it is gradually twisted and shows its thin side, making the lower area dense while the upper area is clear create the absolute privacy to the space inside. Besides, the architects divide this long building with big-size trees, which each divides six restrooms. So when people enter the building, they will find themselves in an airy, high-ceiling space with peaceful atmosphere contrasted to the crowded parking area outside. This is to allow people to relief among the nature be with oneself - and that is how a tiny but matter self-conscious occurs. Nature is a living architecture which can live, grow and sustain itself. This religious-based project is an un-own architecture,doesn‘t have proper cleaners. Architects design a restroom where users can simply clean. “Water”, creating sloping floor from the restrooms to the main drainage and slopes down to a planting ground surrounding the building. “Water” used for washing, flow to the ground, watering small Ficus hedges. This restroom building can sustain itself, grow the trees till the day they can sustain themselves. High-ceiling space and polycarbonate roof allow natural light and wind to enter the building, making the area dry and clean all day long. Resulting in self-sustainable architecture which goes along the surroundings.