HCTC - Greenhouse

Mae Pa, Thailand

The Passport is a vocational restaurant run by HCTC (Hospitality and Catering Training Center, a non-profit joint-venture between IECD (Institut Européen de Cooperation et de Développement) and TBCAF (Tak Border Child Assistance Foundation).


HCTC is offering a hospitality program to underprivileged children of the Thai-Myanmar border. As part of their studies, students are required to master basic cooking and service techniques.

This small greenhouse was built as a protected space for plants and aromatic herbs, grown by the students to use in their cooking classes.


The main concern of building a greenhouse in a tropical weather is the heat excess. To avoid it, the sun must be partially blocked with a translucent ceiling and soft fabric blinds to control the amount of sun hitting the plants. Aluminium mesh was used on the vertical facets to protect the space from potentially harmful insects.
The skeleton is built with steel profiles, welded on site, it supports the roof and the timber frames that hold the metal mesh that encloses the perimeter area.






21 m²



1000€/Building + 180€ Tables

Funded by


Design Team

Juan Cuevas

Yago Cuevas​


Alejandro Sånchez