U Tun Linn Square

Hmawbi, Yangon

Ayer Shwe Wah Student Lounge

Hmawbi, Yangon Region

Area 51 Club

Yangon, Yangon Region

<p class="font_9">Located across the Chalets built in 2014, the new Hupin Resort Delias Wing took inspiration from the Delias butterflies found in Inle. The new wing is to replace the deteriorating thatched cottages and rotting wooden bridges that were at least 3 decades old. Contrasting from the more traditional cottages and the Chalets, an exhilarating experience of living with nature in Inle Lake is to be provided within the more modern architecture infused with local soul.</p>
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<p class="font_9">The Delias butterflies’ wings are the central identity of the new duplex cottages. They are playful and fun. They complement the landscape of rolling mountains and waves. The form may be new but the construction method still relies on the Inntha people. There is a deliberate intention to preserve the local knowledge of stilt construction in water, providing jobs to Inntha people, improving their skills and exposing them to modern design. They are the DNA of what makes this contemporary design an Inntha’s creation.</p>
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<p class="font_9">To instill it with our cultural notion of sharing, togetherness and friendliness, a small addition to the cottage was made: the Kut Pyit Room. This idea comes from Kut Pyit, a raised platform attached to traditional homes, where families and friends gather to chat, share moments, eat laphat. You can also notice local fish through its glass bottom for casual observation. The water is clearer when viewed 90 degrees from the top. Looking at an angle, the lake reflects the sky and clouds but not what’s under. A guest may enjoy such an expansive view through fully openable windows, bringing in fresh air and light. There are no lounge chairs. We removed them. We made the Kut Pyit the place to sit because it really absorbs nature and delivers a unique experience of living in Inle Lake.</p>
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<p class="font_9">The culture of Kut Pyit, which is about sharing the space equally with everyone on the same platform, represents the egalitarian ways of living with families and friends. This is part of Myanmar culture we have to cherish and bring back in modern living. We strive to continuously explore ways for our traditions and values to be integrated into modern living because we truly believe the way we design will shape the way we live.</p>
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<p class="font_9">The floating delias have the amenities of a comfortable modern living such as enclosed toilets, showers, bathtubs, sewage system that digest and discharge safe, clean, and nutrients-filled water back to the lake. The guest may enjoy living the Inle life on the lake, with a modern twist.</p>
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<p class="font_9">Hupin Resort Delias Wing is designed to live in nature, be with nature, and be immersed in its rejuvenating environment.</p>

Hupin Resort Delias Wing

Inle Lake, Shan State

Staff Housing Parami University

Hmawbi, Yangon Region

B.K.Kee Dining Hall

Hmawbi, Yangon Region

<p class="font_9">Wyne Hotel is located in Mayangone Township and is 10 minutes away from the Yangon International Airport. Being on the east-west connecting Kyaik Waing Pagoda Road and near the junction of north-south connecting Pyay Road, the hotel aims to serve transient guests: tourists and business travellers. Wyne hotel boasts 76 deluxe rooms, 12 suites, 2 family suites. Facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, a coffee shop, a pub and a rooftop spa and gym.</p>
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<p class="font_9">Wyne Hotel, with its unique architecture, accentuates simple and modern living. The guests are welcome to immerse themselves in the spacious lobby lounge with one-of-a-kind lighting features that took inspiration from a dreamscape under the boats in Inle Lake. Abstract geometric cones in the lobby draw the visitors in and guide them to the double-height lounge space at the end of the building. The guest rooms are designed with no-frills but essential. Simple long desk with few drawers will provide much working space, reducing clutter. For forgetful guests, there is one less drawer to check. From check-in to check-out, the guests will enjoy the simple environment and focus on why they are being in the city, enjoying what Yangon has to offer.</p>
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<p class="font_9">In the south facade, the windows are slanted towards the famed Shwedagon Pagoda. Although it is at a distance, a small sparkling pagoda from a far can be seen through the slanted windows which block the hot sun from the south and west. The side walls of these windows are complemented with gold aluminium cladding and paint to reflect what these windows do: bring attention to Shwedagon and bring in indirect sunlight as it sets in the west. This simple gesture of reverence to what we have in our surroundings, we are orienting ourselves spiritually within the building through these windows. Functionally, you can see that the angled wall blocks out direct sunlight 100% during the hottest day of the year which is usually around April 12. Combining with other design strategies such as horizontal shading, vertical louvres, and double glazing, the direct sunlight hitting the interior is reduced about 30-40% average the whole year. These passive design strategies keep the energy consumption low by reducing the cooling load of air-conditioners. This contextual approach generates the building’s identities with meanings and functions.</p>
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<p class="font_9">As part of the master plan to further develop the plot behind, the circular facade at the north is to dock at a circular building which will conjoin three towers into one.</p>

Wyne Hotel

Yangon, Yangon Region

<p class="font_9">Located in Ahlone Township, this single-family house features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Raised 1.5 foot above the ground, the living room floats at the corner of the house with its corner windows looking over greenery. It is also a favorite spot of the family beagle, as she gazes and waits for its neighbors visiting her. The dining room and its adjacent interior garden provide fresh air and views.</p>
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<p class="font_9">The three conjoined volumetric blocks of different tones and texture define the character of this house. The tallest being a 15-foot ceiling on the first floor, provides each bedroom a unique feeling. The largest master bedroom on the first floor, with its walk-in closet, looks over the neighborhood. Natural lighting, views and operable windows for natural ventilation, are generously employed to provide the family with safe and healthy abode.</p>

ZNW Private Residence

Yangon, Yangon Region

Faculty Housing Parami University

Hmawbi, Yangon Region

Strategy First Hledan

Yangon, Yangon Region

<p class="font_9">Hupin Resort Chalet Wing was a rebirth. In December 2013, at the height of a tourist season, a homemade fire balloon released from a nearby village who were celebrating a pagoda festival, landed on the thatched roof of the resort. It destroyed 17 cottages. There was a rush to rebuild while knowing that it will not meet the needs of the current tourist season. The clearance of the site and preparation to rebuild for the next season began as soon as possible.</p>
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<p class="font_9">When Zaw Lin Myat was tasked to design new cottages at a resort in Inle lake, the first question that was raised was what kind of new experience do we want to deliver? The previous cottages were simple but they were not architecturally significant to be restored. When a new Hupin resort wing is reborn, we know it has to be uniquely Inle that captures the essence of our traditions and values. Zaw was looking for images for inspirations that yell this is Inle and this is Myanmar. We came across the 20th century painting that depicts the past environment and memories so well: Royal Ploughing Ceremony by Saya Chon. The image is almost similar to the site that we have in Inle with mountains and paddy fields. It was not the vernacular architecture you can see in the painting but the setting itself. Set against the mountains, the ceremonial ambiance is captured by the people surrounding the entourage, especially the distinctively dressed officers who underlined the entire landscape. These cottages are meant to evoke those quintessential Myanmar characteristics. The chalets on water were born. The design is simple enough to rebuild quickly with local builders and craftsmen as the time depends.</p>
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<p class="font_9">The inside experience is also uniquely Myanmar. Relying on natural daylight as a sustainable source, we designed skylights and clerestory windows for privacy, large windows towards the lake and mountains for views, and these windows brighten up the interior. The high ceiling for the bedroom takes on the shape of the roof spire and assists in natural ventilation when opening the windows as hot interior air rises to sweep in cool air. Inntha people build their houses on stilts in water for many generations. They hammer down wooden logs 15-20 feet into the bottom of the lake without the help of any machine. It is this type of construction that gives the resort a unique Inle atmosphere.</p>
<p class="font_9">The floating chalets have the amenities of a comfortable modern living such as enclosed toilets, showers, bathtubs, sewage system that digest and discharge safe, clean, and nutrients-filled water back to the lake. The guest may enjoy living the Inle life on the lake.</p>
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<p class="font_9">Hupin Resort Chalets are designed to bring nostalgia with a familiar past, yet gives a new experience with the timeless Inle Lake. A resort wing rose from ashes.</p>

Hupin Resort Chalet Wing

Inle Lake, Shan State

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