The explanation behind the name of the “No Sunrise No Sunset” pavilion created for the first Thailand Biennale in Krabi, came about from an observation about how we perceive the world around us. “The sun does not rise. The sun does not fall. Because it does not move, but the world is spinning by itself. We see the world as the way we want so the world is like the way we are. Since we see the world as the way it is, we will see the beauty and virtue of its nature.”
The name is a bit of a mystery, and that’s kind of the point.
The pavilion is located on a stony beach where it’s mirrored sides can reflect the world around it—whether that be the stunningly colourful sunrises and sunsets, or the pounding waves of the ocean, or the hard rocks of the cliff. One side of the box is left open to provide a view to the world beyond, while the other features a door that can be closed to block off the view—more symbolism anyone?
The open end of the pavilion also holds a statue of Yai Sa, who is said to be an old woman awaiting the return of a lover and which stands as a symbol of love and waiting.
The project was built by Walllasia, an award-winning architectural firm in Bangkok. The design for the No Sunrise No Sunset Pavilion is directly attributed to Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Suriya Umpansiriratana, who describe the pavilion as representing “a timeless moment that is not self-attached. A connection between inner and outer space (both subjective and objective); you and me.” Even if you struggle to capture exactly what the builders mean with their descriptions, you can’t argue with the results. The project is a stunning piece of art that captures the natural beauty of its setting and leaves you wondering about your own perspective and place in the world.