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Khmar Market V6.0 in the making
The Flagship showroom of Cotto, the biggest Thai ceramic tile and bathroom product producer in Thailand is opened at SQ1 Siam square under the name “Cotto Curious”.
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, Bangkok
Location: Huai Khwang intersection, Bangkok , Thailand
Client: Peung & Tem
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Korakot Meesatien, Kasidis Puektes, Supakorn Sinthutarn and Sujinda Khawkum
Project type: Renovation (Exterior and Interior)
Area: 600 SQ.M.
Completion: Q1, 2014
Photograph: Wison Tungthunya
Recently a young couple came to our office telling us that they would like to leave their routine jobs and start their own new business. They told us about their dream to have a small hostel chain offering compact but super comfortable beds for travelers of different ages. They named their dream project “YIM”, meaning “SMILE” in Thai. The very first one is Yim Huai Khwang. It is named after the bustling district of Bangkok where the hostel situates. Shortly, there will be few more to come and locations will always be added after “YIM.” This primary move is to take over the 20+ year old shop house and transform it into a 16 room pilot hostel. Previously the building was a rent condominium sales office.
The conversion process of exterior and interior in this project has a lot to do with ‘archiving’, meaning the building will have to look fresh and different from what it used to be while many of old elements are to be kept intact. The project is nicknamed, “Batman hostel”, a version of the superhero that still shows a lot of Bruce Wayne under the black suit. Very clearly, the project is a transformation process that hint to the tracing back of its original condition.
The main operation for the exterior is to reveal the original modernist façade of the existing building which has a very strong expression of its time. The bamboo panels, typically hand-made and used in small houses in rural area of Thailand, are inserted behind the existing sunshade to make contrast background and emphasize the form of the existing architecture that we admire. The bamboo walls also act as defining frames of the hostel rooms giving privacy between each unit.
The interior is about juxtaposition of different concepts. The marble reception counter left from the previous renter is kept attached to the new collage wall made of old fashion & design magazines. Separating by the giant clock clad with colorful toys, guest dining area is an all-white vintage tile space. Just a few meters away, the public area of the hostel is a bombarded with vibrant colors; the turquoise stair well, the orange hall on 2nd floor and the yellow corridor on 3rd. Inside the 16 hostel rooms are kept simple using white and natural wood colors to make the compact rooms feel spacious. 6 bunk beds are combined and built in capsule-like units to add little more privacy.
Staying in the hostel these days is more than just about budget sleeping, but experiences what the place has to offer. In a way, Yim Huay Khwang Hostel is trying to prove that.
“Time to give back”.. Supermachine Studio joins force with TROP, NOTDS, Jiro Endo and many others to come on a project to build new classrooms for BAAN PA KOR DUM community school, Chiangrai, Thailand. The project is initiated by Design for Disaster as an urgent attempt to help schools that are damaged by the earthquake earlier in May 2014. There are 8 other architect teams working their ass off to build 8 other schools. Give us hands on what ever you can. More details about how to help will be posted here.
We have just completed one of the most exciting Rock Concert events that we have designed, Ginnie Rock Fest; G16. The event is located at Meungthong Thani on the lake side area. It is packed with almost 40,000 people. The concert last 6 1/2 hrs. 14 rockbands playing continuously.
10 Cal tower: Comparing to our inspiration, Escher’s Relativity (1953).. A pity, the earth has only one axis gravity..
Project: 10Cal Tower Location Bangsaen, Thailand
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Khawkam
Completion: Q3 2014
Model: Isariyayos Isarapaijit, Jetsada Phongwasin
Photograph: Suchart Ouypornchaisakul
Architecture can be “RECYCLED”
Location: Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus
Area: 2,200 SQ.M.
Commission Type: Renovation
Completion: Q2 2013
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Jetsada Phongwasin, Theerayut Somtua, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Jirarat Pinyocheep, May Monthakarn, Mix Archawin and Nattapoom Sawettabhorn
Photograph: Wison Tungthunya
SAC (Student Activity Center) is one of the most challenging projects that Supermachine studio has to do for Bangkok University from quite a number that we have done for the campus. It is not only because of the complexity of the program but also the 2,200 sq.m. project has to be on the 20+ year old building that used to be a dormitory. It is the most drastic building transformation that we have done to date.
SAC consists of diverse facility space, mainly for out-of-classroom ones, from photo studio, music rehearsal room, Thai dance club, 20+ faculty rooms, meeting rooms to POM POM cheer leader training hall. All of the students’ programs have to be accommodated into the existing structure of the building that was not designed for.
The old building was a 32 compact room dormitory inserted with 12 compact courtyards. The 90 meter long building was low, dark and damaged from the great flood in Thailand in 2011. The main operation is to merge 2 gable roofs into a new single roof with new structure to make the space more livable for the increasing number of users. The outer skin of the building is re-clad though out with single material which is a cedar shingle. Half of the inner space are kept intact but repainted systematically the existing corridor is yellow while 4 of the voids are modified, made public and painted into 5 different colors; purple, green, pink and turquoise. Natural light is brought in through the void skylights to make sure that the new space is bright enough. At the rear end of the building is a completely new structure as it has to house the BU POM POM club. When completed the 16 meter high gym will be the new training ground for the famous cheer leader team of Bangkok University that has won a lot of competitions internationally.
Given a nickname like a chocolate while being developed, “Toblerone”, SAC has been transformed from a simple program dorm into a complex programmed public building compressed into one long stick. Architecture also can be “Recycled.”