Some space hidden by overgrown weeds along Moei river or the Mae sot – Miawaddy border, the only Thailand-Myanmar border which sits on the upcoming east-west economic corridor, was said to be a place for hiding drugs and goods for black market. Refugee camp and shelters built along the river were half abandoned, full of waste. But just only meters away, we can see children playing with ball or women doing laundry talking to each other. There are boats filled with people and goods crossing constantly. Yes, Moei river is lively.

Focusing on this locality, this special tradition of living and the ethnic and biological diversity of the river, we would like to propose “a school”, a new school which consists of existing buildings and spaces around the VOID, the new geography that connects abandoned buildings and add access to ground-water traffic.

Using boat for connecting each “classroom”, around the void and straight to the Salween where many villages with ethnic diversity are settled along. This can be a good socio/biological excursion for both students from hub and villagers. Also mobile library (boat) can go to those places easily.

A new geography as a void, provides the groundwork of environment that preserved the tradition of boat users and help turning a dulled border into a place for sharing, a place for co-learning.

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Year: 2013
Location: Maesot, Thailand
Client: The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage
Status: Completed
Design Team: Pornpas Siricururatana, Takumi Saito