Scaffolding Pavilion Concept
Designed by Bangkok architects Chat Architects, the pavilion creates an immersive cultural seafood experience for tourists while providing new revenue streams for Angsila’s struggling fishing families. Drawing on the bamboo scaffolds traditionally used for oyster cultivation, the structure comprises covered platforms for oyster tastings paired with recreational fishing piers.
Threats to Angsila’s Fishing Livelihood
Angsila has faced numerous threats to its fishing livelihood in recent decades – from water pollution to competition from industrialized seafood suppliers. The village youth have increasingly departed for city jobs, severing an occupational lineage. “The scaffolding repurposes indigenous materials like bamboo and salvaged car seatbelts to intertwine modern ecotourism and ancient cultivation techniques in a sustainable loop,” says principal architect Son Chat.
Immersive Oyster Tasting Experience
The on-water pavilion enables visitors to hand-select oysters freshly harvested from below by veteran fishermen. Served immediately on-site, the sea-to-table experience spotlights both ocean bounty and time-honored preparation while minimizing environmental impact. Observation of cultivation first-hand fosters stewardship. “Guests become stakeholders in protecting our fragile coastal ecologies,” Chat remarks.
Fostering Community Through Fishing
When not hosting tourists, the pavilion serves as a recreational harbor for local fishing families, accessed via rowboats and kayaks. Angsila natives bait hooks alongside harvested shellfish beds, bonding generations. “Our scaffolds nurture community and commerce alike – securing our fishing heritage,” says lifelong fisherman Sombat Yai.