Vespa Gallery, Bangkok (***Complete Images)

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Location: Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok, Thailand

Area:690 M2

Completion: 2013

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.

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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.

Bangkok University International Center

We have been developing series of educational facilities for Bangkok University, whom we have completed BUCC and IMAGINE LOUNGE for. One of the recent projects that will be under construction soon is Bangkok University International Center. It is a facility mainly to prepare the students for a broader communication with ASEAN community in 2015.

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Yupadee Suvisith and Korakot Mesatien

Super Cutain; a 16 color-shade custom-made partition as a welcoming facade

BU Lounge has finally been completed

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Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Wattikon Kosolkit, Santi Sarasuphab and Supanna Chanpensri
Client: Bangkok University
Location: Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus, Bangkok

Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

There have been a lot of discussions about todays’ education whether it happen in classrooms, libraries, homes, cafes etc. when knowledges have been way easier to access in the era of internet and social networks. Schools and universities are adapting their environment to the new epoch. Bangkok University Student Lounge (BU Lounge aka Imagine Lounge) is among the pilot projects for that adaptation.

The lounge is located underneath the multi-story lecture rooms and auditoriums in the brand new Bangkok University Landmark compound. When the university board has decided that the compound should be mainly for students, the space that used to be professor office is reprogramed to be the lounge that accommodates a variety of student activities. This will be where students spend a lot of time in. It is a “youngsters’ ecology.”

Big portion of the lower floor of the lounge is what called the “Reading cave”. Thousand of OSB ribs form porous rooms for different forms of use, from individual reading to small group tutoring to large group discussion. In front of the cave is the “Big sofa” where the pixel units can be formed in several configurations for large/small crowd, formal/relaxing use. Almost all items in the lounge are designed to be highly flexible and hinting creative manipulations.

The space on the upper level is for more dynamic activities. It is a village for a break from study. There are 2 huts on this floor, the polka-dot pink one protruding from the edge of deck is a karaoke house and the wooden one is the music rehearsal room that can be opened in case the students would like to organize small events. Around the huts are play areas filled up with re-invented items like a super-long pool table (with adjustable holes), giant dart (which no one can miss the target), rounded pingpong table, pole dance corner, girls’ make-up counter and Kungfu style stress release area.

Students on both floors are connected by network of holes. There is one hole with glass for visual connection, one openable for drink and beverage ordering, one with fireman pole in the center for circulation and one with periscope goggle for observation. Physically these 2 decks are connected with 2 staircases; one is the step Manga (Japanese comics) shelves and the spiral staircase in the giant bear shell. Using the same principle, “it is meant to be re-invented”, the bear sculpture is graphically decorated as a panda for the moment but planned to be creatively changed to different characters every semester by students.

Items in BU Lounge

Windsor Wood Office

We are commissioned to renovate the facade and interior space of Windsor Wood Office at Bangsue, Bangkok. The challenge of the project is to use architecture as a demonstration tool to showcase their new products; the whole new line of composite wood panels. Windsor wood office is under construction and scheduled to be completed in Q2 2012.

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Yupadee Suvisith, Sthapat Soichampa

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