Interview with 3rd awarded team of Kaira Looro 2022

Interviewed: Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong

Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong 1) Can you tell us more about your team?

My name is Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong, my nickname is Mon (like Doraemon). I was born in May 27th, 1996, in Bangkok, Thailand. I am a young architect in Thailand, I graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Architecture in Bangkok. I'm passionate about classical music, natural phenomenon, poetry Architecture, phenomenon art, and little cats.

2) What was your feeling when you knew you were among the top projects of the competition?

At first, I'm immensely thankful and honored with the result. I leaped for delight and hurriedly shared the good news with my family and close friends, Everyone, including myself, appeared startled. Earlier, there were so many things going on in my life, that I was on the verge of abandoning this competition. Thus when the results were revealed, I am deeply glad that I didn't miss this opportunity. Finally, I would really like to express my gratitude to myself and to everyone who supported me all this time.

3) Can you briefly explain the concept of your project and which is the relationship between it and the child nutrition?

“When there are no foods, there are no humans.”, more essential than anything else is the truth that we are being alive. If the children are able to survive the hunger, it will be the beginning of a new life for them to continue to grow and learn in the future. I presented the objective of growing a food environment integrated into the architecture. The weather in context will be the primary variable in growing food, which leads to the result of a cyclical diet, to keep them alive.

4) Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?

The initiative is to understand the essence of the content, to the possibilities that produce architectural results. When I searched for articles, images, videos, and other media, it brought me closer to them. Such datasets are more than the material for the design, For me, there is a new body of knowledge that inspires things in my life, like human perception, cultural distinctions, aesthetics, and many other things.

5) How did the material choice affect your design?

The relationship between natural materials and their return to nature is the focus of the design. Wood is the primary material for building construction. When time passes, the architectural wall plays a role in the formation of seedlings, that will grow into trees and be returned to the wild nature. After construction is completed, saplings, plants, and food are materials that will be used to complement architectural integrity with the participation of people in the community.

6) Has your project been inspired by anything-in particular, by some project in developing countries or past projects of Kaira Looro?

I found a video on YouTube that describes the story of the shortage and underdeveloped quality of life in Senegal. The woman in the video said “When I had my first child, I was 17 years old. I have 8 children, but only 4 are living” For me, this sentence was extremely depressing. This issue initially made me want to consider about the solution: how can I help to keep them alive? 7) How your idea of architecture can reduce child malnutrition in developing countries, and how the local community concerned could perceive this architecture?

The idea has been focused on growing and preserving the food environment. when children have enough food, they are alive, and they will be able to play, run or learn everything in their life. In which, I presented how to create a food source that circulates on the architectural wall. Everyone in the community contributes to the formation of a food environment. The food's walls are clearly depicted, and there are social interactions both directly and indirectly when they come inside or are passed around.

8) From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of architects in dealing with complex issues such as children rights or architectures in developing countries?

Architecture plays a role as a medium of communication and expresses the possibilities of solutions. In my personal opinion, when dealing with complex and sensitive issues, It is difficult to solve problems solely through architecture. The collaboration of all sectors is the heart of solving complex problems that architects may have to think about.

9) The aim of the competition was also to improve the research on the topics of sustainable architecture with natural and recycled materials. How do you feel that contemporary architecture is approaching these topics?

For thousands of years, the advent of architecture, communities, and cities have been operating on natural sites. The humanity is constantly evolving, and becoming more civilized. On the other hand, the consequences of excessive borrowing of natural resources have also resulted in severe natural phenomena. It is clearly seen from the areas in the competition that are clearly affected by global warming, ground-covered salt, and the desert engulfing their country. Personally, I explored the conditions of material that led to the emergence of architecture, not only the material choice of natural or recycled material but also including the process of material formation and how that material is brought to construction.

10) The competition registration fee, was devolved to the non profit organization Balouo Salo that helps people in disadvantage area of Senegal. How it has affected you approach to the competition?

It's a pleasure to I know that a portion of the money has contributed to helping fellow human beings. I would like to utilize this area to encourage humans who are struggling. and I sincerely hope that they will get the same quality of life as everyone else .

11) Your prize is an internship at SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, one of the most prestigious architecture studios in the jury. Can you express your feelings about it?

I'm grateful and honored to have been given the chance to intern at the international architecture studios. Greatly beyond my expectations. I consider it to be one of the best opportunities of my life. I'm thrilled to encounter new experiences, places, and atmospheres where there will an exchange of cultural and architectural perspectives. I genuinely appreciate the chance the competition has given me.

12) The aim of the competition is also to give professional opportunities to young architects with internship prize and visibility at international level, and we wish your team the best achievements for your career. How do you think you will be in next 10 years? According to you, can this award affect your future?

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow. After July 11, 2022, everything changed, that was when I received the announcement. So today I can smile after my life has encountered a heavy storm. I have the strength to move forward. This is just the result that affects my short-term future, I can't predict the distant future for sure, but I think this will be a beautiful and exciting beginning for me. However, if I had to predict what would happen in ten years, whether or not I'm still working in the architecture profession, I want myself to do what I'm happy with, got a job that I'm passionate about, and live a joyful life, This is enough for the next 10 years.