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Ark Soaring in the Sky — 8 Comments

  1. That slide is a great idea.

    It’s not just a children’s way to play… which it is. It’s also a secondary emergency exit from the upper floor, in case of fire or other emergency.

    That’s a lot of steel in that structure. However, this is a public building. A school full of children. Over-engineering the roof structure makes a lot of sense.

    It appears the the steel has been lashed together like bamboo poles are often lashed. Is that a common practice in Thailand? What are the lashings made from, and what is their life expectancy?

    • No, that’s not common. I imagine the rope lashings are purely for aesthetics — to mimic lashed bamboo and soften the appearance. The connections are probably welded or bolted. The rope is protected from moisture and should last quite a while. It looks like sisal rope.

      Bamboo could have been used, of course, but it’s probably too difficult finding skilled bamboo workers and getting treated bamboo in this frontier zone.

  2. This is a very good build and a great place for these children. I encourage others to click on the link and see the build. It’s inspiring. It gives hope for the youngest.

    • I’m sure the school is much appreciated. This is in a borderland conflict/refugee type area where people are very poor. The Myanmar government is one of the worst in the world and many people flee to Thailand. Myanmar (Burma) still uses slave gangs of kidnapped villagers to build roads, etc.

      There’s also an earthbag clinic in this area. Search our blog for the story.

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