Modular Hotel is a prototype budget hotel in Phayao, a 700-kilometer north of Bangkok, hilly-agriculture based province, ranked nearly the lowest total family-income of Thailand.  The initial idea aims to create an architectural system that cultivate environmental responsibility to local people, encourage local economy, and sustains the cultural ecology.


Ecology + Economy = Ecolomy

The concept is to create an Ecolomic System Prototypesimple and practical for various location.  Two main architectural components are “Rooms and Circulation”.  On one hand, “Modular-Room” provide functions and materials that are designed to deliver a comfortable living unit, budget friendly and respond to natural lights and ventilation.  On the other, “Circulation” is the core for planning variations depend on geography and location to support the possible “Linear-Compact” or “Non-Linear Expanded” Design.

With the limitation of budget and workmanship, simple-practical structure, construction and materials are applied to be compatible with local builders, an off-season farmers, to create an on-site learning environment.



cng_5894sModular Hotel and Ecolomic System Concept encourage users to live harmoniously with surrounded environments, lights, shadows, air-flows, and built-environments that sustain friendly-budget operations, and deliver all guests a delightful of comfortable stays.


Project Information
CategoryBudget Hotel
Completion Year2015
Built Area1200 sq.m.
LocationPhayao, Thailand
Lead ArchitectKittiya Choowanthanapakorn
EngineersKritkampoo Chaisiri and Anurak Thapthimthong
PhotographerMonchaya Choowanthanapakorn
Photo EditorSoopakorn Srisakul
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