B.Grimm Smart Village

B.Grimm smart village

“Learn from the roots of the past, analyze the present, improve the human condition with meaningful collaboration….To develop excellence, sustainability and resilience, It is a smart learning ecosystem for today and tomorrow.”

Project statement

Leading one of the underdeveloped sectors Returning to a place of pride
In the hearts and daily lives of the villagers of B. Grimm
This is the gold of the project.

Its design process started from the community by the need of the community and for the community to develop a model of the smart village in five parts included humans, community, social, environment, and economic to make the locals proud in their community. Also, there would connect the community space in B.Grimm village, temple, and school turning into the learning place about the thai local wisdom in thai society started from the smallest but have the most important – a house and the community.

The design represents the existing potential of the community which has an interested locals’ wisdom. After connecting community spaces (village-temple-school) the locals can use them for various community activities. In the end, they can have a sustainable environment, sustainable community, and sustainable life on their own.

To create a learning society, it can be started from a house, temple, and school

Listen, explore, and learn continuously

Project Narrative

This project is sustainably driven into the model of a smart village by creating the strength of village, temple, and school. It was developed society’s economic, social, environmental, and people aspects based on HM King Rama 9’s Sufficiency Economy philosophy while encouraging community engagement.

B.Grimm smart village locates in Sa Kaeo province, Thailand which is a countryside and underdeveloped region. The site project consists of 3 parts: school, temple, and agricultural area surrounded by a village local.

From the participatory in designing the area for community development would like to improve based on the existing condition. To develop into the model of a smart village that shows the way of community life, the 62,400 sq.m master plan has a concept design considering the environment, the potential of existing space, and human well-being. The areas of social activities such as sports, recreation, learning space, and agricultural area were used by connecting the village, the temple, and B.Grimm school.

Design Approach

“Integral All Around Learning Space;

1.People can take their food productivity from their eco-farm: As the project is designed with the concept of sustainability, every single area could be productive. We used the Thai traditional orchard included trees, shrubs, and climber plants rotated by season as the planting concept that integrated with an existing. For example, the school fence was designed to be an edible fence with local climber vegetables, apart from for eating, there are also help to reduce the hardness wall. Rice fields are also used that represent the way of agricultural life in Thailand, people can learn how to crop them in a period from the beginning to the end. For a number of agricultural plants were designed based on the research, vegetable and fruit consumption demand analysis per day enough for the people. Due to the area limitation, edible gardens are applied at different levels.
2.From thai local wisdom to solve the water problem: The existing water drainage system has not enough for the water runoff made this site has water stagged in rainy season. Therefore, to solve this problem, the water management in this project was inspired by local thai wisdom: ditch and dike, one of the thai agricultural systems, which could collect the water from every area by the swales and natural gutters. And then, they can take water to the detention area (rice fields) and the catchment area (lotus pond) saving it for later in the dry season. The green spaces in this site, there are also provide for water management – as an infiltration area to reduce the water runoff.
3.The learning route is based on the natural conditions of each area: The learning trail was designed along with the site and local thai wisdom station located in a different area. People can learn the lesson of thai’s agriculture, solar sun power that use in the site, water management inspired by thai’s culture, the catchment area for saving water, the philosophy of King Rama 9, and the forest by the trail. The whole area in this site can be an outdoor classroom for learning which started from the area of village, temple, and school. Finally, B.Grimm village can be a smart community model which has been driven with a sustainable concept


Location: Sa Kaeo province, Thailand
Client/Owner: B.Grimm
Status: Under construction
Building Area: 62,400 sq.m.
Project Value: -
Collaborators: -