Everyone in this world wants to be healthy and free from all diseases. However, it is normal that each person will experience different ailments. When one has an illness, one needs to be treated in the various infirmary, a clinic, or a hospital. Anyway, going to the hospital is probably something most people don't like due to the hospital atmosphere, such as the waiting area which often makes people who come in contact feel less fresh and bright. Including, the hospitalized atmosphere tends to cause feelings of depression since most of the images shown are of people who are sick and ill. Would it be nice? If the hospitalized atmosphere does not cause a feeling of depression, instead, it is a place that makes people feel comfortable and can support various activities with comfortable functions and, importantly, reflects the unique community culture with pride.
Fortunately, during the years 2017-2021, this concept has been created as a project to improve people's well-being through the operation under the concept of “21 Ideas, 21 Areas of Happiness” at Crown Prince Hospital throughout Thailand supported by Thai Cement Group ( SCG) and one of the 21 areas of happiness is "Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha", Yaha Crown Prince Hospital, Yala province.
A group of designers of this accommodation area for Yaha Crown Prince Hospital, Yala Province, which consists of the group of Healthy Environmental Research Group, Faculty of Architecture Kasetsart University, and the Muslim Architects Network for the community, jointly designed the waiting area. The joint designs aim to meet the needs of people in a particular community, especially in a multicultural community such as the society in the southern border provinces. This is, importantly, the matter that has to think deeply and carefully in terms of architecture, because architecture is a part of strengthening the society. The above waiting area design process uses a participatory process by visiting the area to survey people's opinions which is a person who comes to use the service in the hospital whether it's patients, patient’s relatives, as well as engaging in activities with personnel, doctors, nurses, and other department staffs to get information in a design that reflects the needs of users as much as possible.
Under the participative design process based on a culturally diverse “community” which is differences in races, languages, religions, and cultures make the result of the design, “Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha", a perfect blend of multiculturalism.
Such mergers have resulted in "Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha" being able to support the use of people of all religions including patients, relatives, and hospital staffs.
Finally, "Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha" was built according to the design of "Muslim Architects for the Community" by renovating the former cooperative building to become a canteen of Ruean Aun Jai Sri Yaha. The function is divided into proportions.
The ground floor was designed and constructed to be a wide area for sitting and dining. This is consistent with the behavior of the villagers to bring food to eat among their families.
The mezzanine area was designed and constructed to serve as a dining area for medical personnel, as well as a place to accommodate speakers and listeners if the hospital organizes activities. There is also a multipurpose courtyard for various activities to provide health knowledge to the users of the hospital.
"Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha" is like a small society that brings many benefits that meet the needs of multicultural people. This is because creativity "Aun Jai Sri Yaha House" was built by taking the "community" as its heart.
Likewise, if we are to build a good reassuring society, a building process would not be different from the creation of "Ruen Aun Jai Sri Yaha". That is to create a good society, one must take the "people" in that society as the "heart".