Design team : Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesthien and Yupadee Suvisith
Commission type: Interior design
Location: Ramkhamhang, Bangkok, Thailand
Area: 6,500 SQ.M.
Photograph: W Workspace
OSOTSPA has just celebrated its 125th years anniversary not very long ago. It is one of Thailand’s oldest private companies operating till date. The company has started from making traditional medicines which were so popular for Thais and grown into a well-known company that produced hundred of popular consuming products including NO.1 energy drink in Thailand, M-150.
For the last few years, the company undergoes some big plans to adapt and improve their ways of working, including building many square meters of new work space as well as redesigning the existing ones in their headquarter campus, in Ramkamhang, Bangkok. Buiding P3 is the first one in the series that they would like to implement the new working environment on. The 6,500m2 work space spanning over 3 floors (6th-8th) of the newly built building houses supporting departments like purchasing, I.T., accounting and training facilities.
The work-space is designed to be as “opened” and “Sharable” as possible. There are minimum numbers of rooms given to only high rank directors (and those rooms are to be as transparent as possible.) Every one is arranged into open working environment to promote collaborations among each others. Different sizes of meeting rooms and generic facilities have become more generic and placed in the central part of the floor area for employees from different departments to share more freely. While hundred of opened working units are place surrounding them so that work space can enjoy natural light coming in from both side of the building. In every wing of the building, there is a small cafe-like break area for staff to have snack and chit chat.
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.
Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesathien
Although we are more of a bicycle people, we have been designing quite a few motorcycle related projects for the past few years. KTM is the most recent one. The Austrian motobike has a pretty strong appearance which is pretty easy to remember. We designed a Bangkok flagship store for the client based on orange and black. The design of KTM store around the world is very much controlled by their HQ’s manual. It’s not different in our case. Therefore it is more like how much we can tweak what is given to straighten the brand awareness and at the same time present how bold how mean the machines are in static space.
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!!!!!
We are very happy and very proud for Hubba-to to be voted Archdaily’s Building Of The year 2017 for interior design category.Thanx again to every one in our team that made it happen, Hubba and Sansiri for letting us do this, also to the rest of the building teams involved (specially the tube benders!!!)
Design team: Yupadee Suvisith with Pitupong Chaowakul
Photograph: Wison Tungthunya
No network, No Hub…
With their ambition, Hubba, a co-working space operator, wants to create their new edition of their space differently than their first one. They collaborate with Sansiri, one of the biggest developers in Thailand, to curate their space in Habito, Sansiri’s brand new mall locating in the center of the residential territory they created. Hubba came up with the idea of enlarging the portion of “making” within the ecosystem of “working” to suit the new neighborhood. They call it “Artisan space”, which consists of several handmade facilities such as pottery and wood studio, open kitchen and photography dark room. Screening room for different lectures, workshops and seminars is also added. The intention is to expand their already wide networks, strengthen the concept of being a “hub” and reinforce their “co-working” philosophy.
The design of Hubbato space takes shape from the a funny idea of extending networking lines of Hubba’s original logo and multiply them to occupy/unify space on ground and second floor. We realized that the scheme could be made possible thinking that there are supposed to be quite a number of M&E lines to be installed in the project for functional reason already. Our main operation is to add more into the system and design the organization of these conduits. We color them turquoise to make them visually present (or even emphasize them) throughout the space. We, as designers, usually struggle with M&E elements in our project but, in case of this project, we decide to make it excessive to the degree that it has become an incorporated ornament in architectural space.