Connecticut architecture firm, Richard Turlington Architects was enlisted to create a re-use design for an old Jute factory in Yangon, Myanmar. Repurposing this old Jute plant is about economically infusing a new sustainable energy and purpose into a very large, 60 year old factory originally used for producing jute. The essential approach is short term (<10years) and intended to generate capital to manage the long-term objective of increasing density and significant value into the property at large.
The building itself has a large footprint, measuring 470’ x 760’ and is a single story structure of wide open space with steel columns supporting shed roof trusses that introduce natural light into each column bay.
The project will be the only retail site in Yangon that combines heritage with a contemporary lifestyle suited for all ages. This holistic approach of integrating history, culture, entertainment and shopping for a new population base transcends the art of just designing a building. This is what makes Richard Turlington Architects uniquely suited to shepherding this project.
The repurposed building respects the ideals of Yangon’s past, its past work ethic, its sense of a single story village scale, mixed with jungle vegetation from which Yangon has grown. This is achieved by making modern, selective removal of parts of the building, which pulls the landscape and more natural light into the interior portions of this immense footprint.
Richard Turlington Architects has extensive understating of building methods in Southeast Asia and the Burmese culture.
Since the project must be a destination site by definition, its success will be wholly driven by enticing the right people to dive 30 minutes through heavily congested traffic.
The enticement will come from an elevated design consisting of shopping and dining experience interlaced among gardens with twinkly lights, after hour pubs for relaxing, outdoor sports and indoor fitness opportunities for the whole family.
Additional, supplemental educational spaces are a must for children with after-school programs, summer camp and music enrichment. Grocery store(s), dry markets, boutique retail shops and unique, period specific, residential lofts for the SOHO group. The result will be an ever-changing campus of uniqueness that is tied to the historical character of how Yangon has grown through the labor of its inhabitants.