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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.”
Another project showing our interpretation of new educational facility, BUSEM. Photo: Yupadee Suvisith & Jetsada Phongwasin
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
Area: 600 SQ.M.
Completion: Q1, 2014
Recently a young couple came to our office telling us that they would like to leave a routine job 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 travellers of different ages. They named their dream project “YIM”, meaning “SMILE” in Thai. The very first one is Yim Huai Khwang, the district where the hostel situates, and there will be few more to come. Their primary move is to take over the 20+ year old row house and transform it into a 16 room pilot project. The building was rent and transformed into a condominium sales office before.
Our approach of design is to reveal the original modernist facade, make the opening to the rooms as open as possible and use a lot local materials to create elements in the project in a very hands-on way. A few in the projects are to be hand-made by the owner as well as us, the architects. Through out the time line, the transformation of the building is like Bruce Wayne is making his batman costume by himself while practicing his Kung-fu skill.
With limited budget, much of the design of exterior and interior has to be done by revealing the building’s texture and project the new life onto it, mostly with colors and sometimes with collage of images. Bamboo partitions are added outside to give privacy to the rooms while adding different texture to the brutally dark facade while interior scheme are all vibrant spaces.
The construction will be completed in January 2014
Project: Bangkok University International Center
Location: Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus
Area: 480 m2
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakukul, Korakot Meesatien, Santi Sarasuphab and Yupadee Suvisith
Contructor: Task Interior
Photograph: Pitupong Chaowakul
In 2018, AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) agreement will be implemented. There have been changes and upgrades in many sectors in Thailand preparing for the new frontier. Educational sector has been as well adapting itself rapidly to be able to compete in the new condition. One of the the strategies of Bangkok University is to equip their students with more knowledge and skill that will allow them to understand cultures of different countries in AEC better so that the possibility to do business or cooperate in the future is more fluid.
The BU international Center is a 480 sq.m. space converted from a typical student hall situated in between an existing movie room and lecture hall. The programs consists of reading area, I.T. corner, Movie room and 2 workshops. The design is to increase interaction among students as much as possible as we think interaction between teachers and student and among students themselves is the most effective way of education. The majority of the programs are in one space without partitioning, except those for particular workshops.
The front partition, nicked name: “SPUN WALL”, is a curved wall consists of 1,360 pieces of metal panels painted in 16 shades of colors. The gradient steel curtain is a see-through facade of BU International Center separating the facility from the public corridor. Walking along the Spun Wall, people will be able to see through the interior with different angle. It is a wall with thousand of windows.
In the facility, there are some elements derived from ready made objects in Thai culture including the 4-leg table made of the clothing mannequin and the reception counter in the shape of typical Thai fruit kart. These fun elements are important to us for the educational facility to drag it out from a typical institutional atmosphere.
Design: Supermachine studio team
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Kawkum, Mint Mintly
Client: Siam Cement Group
Location: Bangsaen, Cholburi, Thailand
Completion: Q3 2013
The project is part of the celebration of Siam Cement Group (SCG), the biggest construction materials producer in Thailand, for the company 100 year anniversary. Supermachine Studio and 2 other renowned Thai architects are invited to propose a public facility which will be realized dedicating for a community in Thailand. All 3 projects are fully sponsored by SCG. The other 2 architects are to design a library and a multi-purpose pavilion while we are to do a playground. The site finally chosen is Bangsaen, the coastal town 100 km. east of Bangkok.
10 Cal Tower: Our interpretation of a “playground” is not those multicolor fiberglass tubes with steel ladders attached with nylon net for the kids to jump around with and parents stand watching near by. But “playground” is for us a place where parents and kids can spend time and play along together. The place should be for the grown ups to play as well as the small ones. It should be a place to reinforce the relationship between family members not just a facility for the youngsters to use actively and the adult left aside being passive.
The space where adults and kids and meet actively in our vision is a monolith concrete labyrinth staircase that offers many possibilities for children and adult to wander around. The tower offers some tens combinations of routes for families to redefine their relationships. The tower is name after the energy one will use to travel up the structure. Walking with normal speed from bottom to top of the tower will consume 10 calories.
Being placed in the tree line beside existing public park, the spiral staircase will perform as observation tower overlooking the sport activities happening in the park as well as the sea slightly further. The tower also allows existing and new plantation to penetrate to its voids. Through time it will be camouflage into crowns of trees letting people travel up and down to explore their relationships with green.
Mercury Ville, the shopping mall on Chidlom Rd., Bangkok. is completed. Most of the works are done. We are now waiting for the shops to complete their interior for construction. Very soon, we will place the set of completed images on this site.
Location: Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Thailand
Owner: Vespiario(Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
Design: Supermachine Studio
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesatien, Yupadee Suvisith and Jetsada Phongwasin
Contractor: New Siam First
Photograph: Pitupong Chaowakul
With the consistent economic growth, Asia has become the strong market for a beloved brand of scooters, Vespa. The Italian brand has been investing heavily on the manufacturing and sale facilities in the region including building factories, upgrading and expanding showrooms. Vespa Galleria is one of the first pilot projects of its type in the region. Being more than just showroom and sales space, Vespa Galleria includes scooter showroom, merchandise shop, scooter service and small exhibition space into one.
For Bangkok branch, the given concept is tweaked away from being a little “corporate” to a more playful space by using curved brick wall mixing with graphics of different generation of Vespa advertisement posters. Entering through the framed display box, the main sales space remains bright white as requested from the brand. The new models of scooters are main display in radial on the ellipse stand. Deeper inside, the space is curved continuously into the “Vespa Green” exhibition showing collection of old and special edition of Vespa scooters.
For us, designer, “Vespa”, with its long history, is more than just a scooter. It is a culture, a life style. We try to add different dimension of Vespa into the project. Behind the sales counter, the bricked wall becomes the scooter walls. Hundreds of tiny models of Vespa are sticked on to it creating the back drop for the full size one in front. Above the counter, we install the big cylinder lamp custom made from the blown up vintage Vespa advertisement.
Our super small thought for Protein Journal (UK); Suburban Dream. We wrote: A Super Gym. Hovering over the typical Asian sprawl of gated community, a Super Gym is a new connection from one village to another. It is a place where want-to-be healthy stressful middle classes meet. Everyone is sweating but constantly smiling. The gym is not a last century stacking rooms but cluster of open and close space that frequently reorganizes itself. It has everything from swimming pool, library, biking track to rugby field. It is a city in itself but only made for people to meet while sweating.