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.
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesathien and Sujinda Khawkam
Ru-Yerb (inverse in Thai of Love-You) is a conceptual project of ASA Change 2013 aiming to address the contemporary urban problem in Thailand, in our case the electrical lines and pedestrian trees. With our long frustration on the city’s easy attitude on cutting down trees that are taller than electrical lines, we come up with an idea that allow the lines to go through the trees more safely. Ru-Yerb is a double skin insulator in which the inner skin shield group of wires from touching tree leaves while the porous outer skin attached to tree branches allows small animals access for inhabiting. By creating network of safe passages for wires to go through city trees, big city in Thailand will be able to see big trees growing along side with skyscrapers.
Very very very close to completion, the Bangkok University Student Union.
TUKCOM I.T.mall Sriracha
Design Team: Supermachine Studio
Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Santi Sarasuphab, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Kasidis Puektes,Jetsada Phongwasin and Korthong Thongtaem
Location: Sriracha, Cholburi, Thailand
Commission: Façade Renovation
Height: 24 meter
Façade Area: 1,200 Square meters
TUKCOM I.T. mall has been rising with the rapid evolution of information and technological products from 2000 on. The market has changed dramatically with the recovering economy from 1997 crisis. Asian consumers update their I.T. products in routine fashion. From Laemtong shopping mall built in the early 90’s for diverse product oriented, the building was then converted into a shopping center devoted to communication and technology products (computers, mobile phones, camera, gadget etc.) and renamed to TUKCOM I.T. mall. Since then the new brand has been expanding and new TUKCOM building is built one every 2 year. After 5 years, there are 3 TUKCOMs in Thailand and a few more at plan.
Once TUKCOM, as a brand of mall that gather all technological gadgets, has been established among local consumer at large, they want to facelift their original design of the building to something that reflects the characteristics of the products being sold in the mall. TUKCOM as a brand has already been something that people remember. Now they would like people to recognize its building as well. TUKCOM Sriracha is one of the first 3 buildings we came up with Black & White pixel façade concept (the other 2 are in Cholburi and Udornthani).
The 1,200 square meter façade is undulated and divided into 765 economical triangular pixels. The black, white and mirror finished aluminum composite panels are distributed through outs in random algorithm. Framing by the dark red aluminum panel, the existing advertisement billboard has been expanded along the side façade to the front face marking the main entrance of the building. A lot of existing building skin are still intact but refurbished. TUKCOM Sriracha is the prototype project for the new TUKCOMs that will be built in the near future, not to be exactly the same but to share certain characteristics for better recognition as a brand.