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Today, our team visited the construction site of Speck Hostel. It has been a while our lovely client building his hotel due to many unforeseeable factors. However it is more promising than ever that our project is reaching the finish line. It could take a few more months till SPECK is in full operation we think.
Supermachine studio can design a house too!!!! It might have been a wrong perception that we don’t design residential project. Looking back at the works in our 10 year portfolio, there is only one villa completed among big array of public space projects. We are still in love with great aspects of living diversities.
It is our 2nd time this year to get involve with HIP-HOP. Now we have already believe that it is a big HIT here in Thailand. We are in charge of designing all big and small elements in the festival including main stage, mini stage, street dance space, landmark and showcase spaces. It is a mini project that we take a chance to catch up with today’s teen culture that sometimes we have to admit that it is not very easy.
It was the same time when our director about the turn his small house in Bangkok into a garage, we were approached by a client, who has crazy lifestyle, to design pretty much of the same program but in a much crazier degree.
The 300 SQ.M. living garage is a house for our client’s hobbies. It should accommodate spaces for a collection of his motorbikes and exotic cars as well as a small private recording studio and some corners to party with his friends. And all should be done in relatively low budget.
Our design of the garage is combination of simple geometries criss-crossing on each other and covered by a single simplistic tilt roof. The overlapping masses create different kind of open and semi open space in the project, ie; a pool, a party balcony or cliff climbing space. The 2 main high-light spaces are his motorbilke and car garage where we propose a large glass doors and aDark Knight style, fully illuminated ceiling. On second floor are space for a record room and a naturally ventilated party balcony.
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Kawkham, Hutsama Juntaratana and Rachanone Thaikaew
Year of completion: November 2018
Location: GMM Live house, Bangkok
Never Say Cutz is a popular gentleman barber shop started in 2008 by a famous Thai Hip-Hop singer, Way Thaitanium and his wife. It has been expanding to have more than 10 branches around Thailand. For their 10 years anniversary, they want to organize a Hip-Hop concert + a barber service + a basketball together in one event to thank to their fans as well as get the staffs together. The event is to take place in an indoor concert hall, GMM Live house at Central world, downtown Bangkok.
With this unique combination, we take on the project starting by combining barber space+concert and basket ball stand. Placing a row of barber station on top of the spectator platform is to create an unusual way of cutting hair while watching performance of artists at the same time. The barber stand is placed near to audiences’ entrance to divide a foyer zone where people can get drink and socialize.
The stage design goes very simple and clean. A single tilt frame full of moving lights is placed covering the stage. We would like to create concert scenes painted by beam of lights in different colors as this is an indoor venue where the environment is easy to be controlled. With this simple configuration of lights, performance scenes can be vary from monumental to aggressive or even pop.
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Hutsama Juntaratana, Nattaphon Worawanitchaphong and Krit Parephan
Location: The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand
Completion: Dec 2018
Client: Gan & GMM Grammy
Using Khmar cloths to build a pavilion’s roof is not new for us, neither creating a hammock space. But combining the 2 ideas is our first time and it is meant to be here in BMMF9. We are happy to see this element re-appearing in the event as it is one of the original elements created since the 1st edition of Big Mountain Music Festival back in 2010.
Typically our Khmar market have been built using bamboo tided with PVC rope, a very traditional temporary way of erecting such structure. But because of the site constraint, we have to change it to a steel scaffolding and pipe system which save time and damage ground condition less. 1080 pieces of cloths are hung in pattern creating shading for 72 hammocks below. UV lighting is installed to create a dim atmosphere where fluorescent stripes on the roof shine. The Hammock market is placed in front of food stalls making it a space for people to relax after eating. A lot of people spend the whole night here after long days of music.
As of today, early 2019, when Bangkok is cover with dust from pollution, we would like to share our projected image of Dindaeng intersection, a famous Bangkok area where super highway from the north entering the city. We have recently re-create series of images in retrospect to our future city project 10 years ago. Back then, we imagine our city, Bangkok, as an automobile steroid mega city where mass transit system failed terribly because of chronic corruption. Multi-layered highways are built over other to serve “CARS” but still fail to solve serious traffic problems.
Sadly enough, what we pessimistically pictured was not very different from what happening in our city right now. Bangkok has been facing smog situation from higher in standard PM2.5 for a few years now specially in January-February when air is dry and still. People and medias are just aware of the problem now when the problem has reached horrendous level. Seeing big country like China tackling it in a serious manner, Bangkokian has to realise that only awareness is not enough, there need to be substantial measure by everyone living in this mega city to make situation better. Otherwise the reality of our city can look worse than the image that Supermachine studio produces.