SEE SAN Doitung 2016; The Tunnel

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Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Kasidis Puaktes and Theerayut Somtua

Client: Mae Fah Luang Foundation

Completion: December 2016

Builder: Mae Fah Luang’s agricultural team with Doi Tung villager workforces and Supermachine studio

In December 2016, our team were invited by Doitung as one of 2 artists to work on an installation as a part of MAE FAH LUANG foundation’s annual year end event called, SEE SAN DOITUNG. It is a small project but we felt honored and grateful to take part because the site was situated right in the heart of King’s Rama9’s mother’s project. Doitung is a famous success example of a reforest project in Chiangrai, North of Thailand.

We proposed to build a 40 meter bamboo tunnel to mark the entrance of the event where the street leading in and out of this hill top is closed and turned to an open market during the 2 week event. We also proposed to clad the tunnel with quilts made stitched from left over handcraft fabric made by hill tribes and people living around Doi Tung villages.

The project is tiny but special for us in a way it was built because our team, Pitupong and Kasidis were embedded at the site. We stayed on the hill for a week watching the building team build it up experimenting on what possible and what not/what technique they were comfortable building and what not. “Sometimes we climbed the structure and hang stuff by ourselves.” The air is clean.. to shut ourselves down from a city life. A week of lung cleansing working experience….. PERFECT!!!!!

Supermachine’s Super Skywalk

We participate in Bangkok Art and Cultural Center’s latest exhibition “Let’s Panic” as one of the artists. Our piece is called “Super Skywalk”, a visionary mega compound building merged with network of elevated pedestrians. The Super Skywalk is a building for Bangkok in the future where ground surface has been reclaimed by WATER.

Kart 2010

Kart 2010
Location: CentralWorld, Bangkok 20-30 November 2010 and Big Mountain Music Festival 10-11 December 2010.
Kart 2010 is a temporary venue for selling T-shirts and stickers containing messages from  design comunities in Thailand.  Some messages are humorous and light-hearted while others are ironic and satirical.
The culture of posting messages in public has existed long before the Internet and the development of social networking. This is particularly true in Thailand, where it seems people have been sticking messages on to objects, vehicles or other everyday possessions for as long as these things have existed.
The messages themselves – commonly seen on city streets, taxis, and trucks – are often cheerful and are expressed in colorful styles and language. But sometimes they can carry underlying meanings as well. For the disenfranchised, this may be the only way to safely (or even legally) contribute opinions within the public realm, particularly grievances toward prevailing injustices or the status quo.
Message Kart 2010 aims to mimic this particular type of public messaging culture. Despite being typecast as being “cool”, designers are actually not much different than those driving taxis, trucks or other working-class professions. In this case, 10 architect, landscape architect and design teams have decided to gather together to create messages from their own unique perspectives. It was felt that designers in Thailand lack tools to communicate to society at large and to voice their concerns. The medium for displaying the messages – T-shirts and stickers – was chosen for their directness and accessibility, and the design has deliberately been kept simple.  At the least, design enthusiasts will now be able to obtain these messages and proudly display them on the covers of their prized sketchbooks and high-end laptop computers or even on their chests.

Text: Luke Young

Our World at Heineken Greenspace 2009

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Jack_world_03Supermachine Studio’s installation at Heineken Greenspace 2009 at Zen 19th Floor Centralworld BKK. The world 2009 is made of CNC cut cardboard stick with some thousands post its for people to exchange messages.

Special thanks to : Nantawat Tassanasangsoon, Suchart Ouypornchaikul, Suratchasa Kampasiri, Ratee Ngamniyom, Kamolporn Withayachaisang

Co ordinated by: Manipa Jayawan

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world2009The 4 meter long paper installation was meant to be a public message board for the annual beer festival organized by Heineken. The event will last more than 2 months on 3,500m2 of space on 18-19-20th floor of Zen, Bangkok.

It’s our mini project with tight deadline, however we had a lot of fun figuring out how to do it. Take a look;

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We decided to break the world into 5 peices for transportation

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When it doesn’t work, we have to look for adaptable tool around us!!

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We even tried “table” after the chair didn’t really work

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6.30 am. after the installation

 

Giant No Red No Yellow at Minimart BACC.

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With the same obsession, we take the geo-political profile of Thailand forward. Now the geometry is blown up to 2.00 m. high and extruded 30 cm. The white cardboard box in the shape almost identical to Thailand standing as whiteboard for people to stick colorful post its with messages.

One week after it was installed Thailand witnessed 2 major political movements in the country; one in Bangkok (Red), another in Srisaket (Yellow). Our standing point is that we disagree with both movements.

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That was how we started with……………

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Bangkok 2082

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Bangkok 2082, the project from Supermachine Studio’s initiation to explore the visionary image of Bangkok in the future. We believe that our city is built from imagination as much as social, political & financial factors. As a architect, it’s our obligation to depict that kind of vision whether it is right or wrong. This project is also a criticism to Thai history of ill effort to publicly discuss Bangkok’s future which leads to tons of weak development policies. Our future shouldn’t be relied on stupid and corrupted Thai politicians.

It is done in colaboration with 3 other young architectural offices (Phd. Studio, S+PBA, Aposthropy’s). The project is part of the exhibition called Bangkok 226 (Bangkok is 226 years old this year) at Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC.)

We devide downtown area of Bangkok into 4 parts each of which is 1.5km.x1.5km. The different part of the map is given to different group of designer to be given their vision upon by making physical model on top of it. There is no other rules about the making of the model but time retriction that it will be Bangkok in the year 2082 to garantee that each group can express their future view of Bangkok freely. The 4 physical models are juxtaposingly connected in the exhibition to illustrate different scenarios of the futurist Bangkok. side

Within the modern movement of Bangkok as a city, visionary discussion over the future image of the city itself barely exist. With 10 million inhabitants, Bangkok can be considered as a metropolis, the Asian metropolis that has unique beauty, lives and problems of its own. A metropolis without fantasy dream of its’ future, Bangkok has only vague images described by politicians. That’s it!!! We believe that the discussion over the future of our living environment should be done seriously, and in broad scale including many practices such as writers, architects, movie makers, politicians, artists etc.

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In our version; in 2082 Bangkok will be a metropolis of 40 million population (4 times of what it is at the moment.) Fossil fuel has been vanished. All automotives are Hydrogen based so Bangkokian are using cars still. The 30th phase of express way is under construction (4th phase at the moment). It is 7 storey stacking on each other, the tallaest in the world. The governvent build social housing towers for the residents. They are 250 storey, 800 meters high. The tallest building in Bangkok is 1,500 meters high, the 3rd tallest in the world.

The entertainment business reaches its top level; the drive-in cineplex shows 50 movies in the same time stacking 200 meters from the ground. Casino and massage palours have been legalized. There are intertwined with the highway system. The city finally found the great idea, expanding the existing public park 20 times bigger than it is. No one can build on it. (The idea is taken from Central park in New York City) However, the luxury big and small projects are protuding, overhanging, overlapping with the city’s man made nature. 7-Eleven spread like virus over everything.

In 2082, Bangkok is still a city in super congestion condition. Bangkokian are still happy people like who they are.

PHD Studio’s version of Bangkok