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.
Project : Speck Hostel
Location: Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
Size: 590 SQ.M.
Project type: Architectural Renovation & Interior Design
Timeline: Designed 2017, Will be completed in Q2 2020
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Kasidis Puaktes, Hutsama Juntaratana and Katanyoo Angwattanapanich
Looking back at our proposal to build a super compact studio and office in 2016. All pre-fab concrete panel designs have been studied to achieve time and quality requirement of the project. Unfortunately, this is again stayed in computer.
Over the years, there are more stuff that we can not show to the public more than we can for different reason. This project is one of the cases. We now called it “Office somewhere” because the awkward relationship we had with the owner who disappeared long time ago for some reason we don’t want to talk about. We tend to think that this is pretty much of any design practices’ nature.. XXXX happens!!!
However we still like our design and think we can show it to the world anonymously. It is a 2 floor extension on existing building. We proposed to build a spaceship-like structure on the existing building. We also proposed to cover the entire existing one with white vertical fins.
2 years ago, we proposed the conceptual idea for another type of meeting place in Thailand as people are more glued to their smart phones these days.
“It is typical in architect office to have work on something and not able to complete it for different kind of reasons. Time have been spent… Ideas have been tested (to a certain degree)… We will now share of some of the past proposals that have never been realized on our blog”
Office-R is a pretty typical small size office taking space in a typical row building existing through out Thailand. They rent out the upper floors that they don’t use for other firm while the one on the ground planed to be rent to the bicycle shop. Every inch of the surface is money, the western facade is their existing commercial billboard. Our task is to come up with the new look that merges all that have said with in the limited budget. We proposed the new aluminum facade in a composition of crises-crossing turn. Some vacant spaces between the brick are the windows bringing light into their working spaces.
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Theerayut Somtua