Hammock market at BMMF9

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.

Khmar 9.0 pattern design
Day time testing
Checking Khmar 9.0 sample at our office
The unusual color thread used for Khmar, ‘fluorescent green’

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.

Rumwong stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suttahathai Niyomwas and Rachanone Thaikaew

Location: The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Completion: December 2018

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Many times our designs start from silly ideas… Rumwong stage is truly one of those cases. Born to house a traditional dance activity widely popular in Thailand’s villages, the stage has a very unique set up. The musicians usually play folk music and their audiences dance around in circle. Sometimes there are dancers on stage whom people can go asking to dance with. These days, Rumwong is not easy to find in big cities of Thailand, therefore having it in Big Mountain Music Festival is an eye opening for for a lot of young audiences.

Typical Rumwong dance

From our observation, Rumwong dance needs a central pivot as one of important elements for people to dancing around (almost like a camp fire dance.) Back in 2014, we came up with a silly idea of putting “Monster” in the center of the stage and let the audience having activities around it. We learned it from a typical Japanese super hero series where gigantic monsters invade the world and always triumphed. The 6 m. high inflatable green monster was made following a 2D sketch and placed as an emblem of this stage for the last 5 edition of BMMF.

This year sees a return of many items from previous BMMF celebrating its 9th edition. We place the UFO (from District 9 stage) above the Monster in Rumwong stage making this stage even more fun… A giant abduction. Rumwong stage, ran by a famous rapper, Jeoy Boy, has always been full of fun mixing different genre of Thai music together with folk song.

Rumwong stage in full action

HIP HOP stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Sujinda Kawkam, Katanyoo Angwatanapanich

Location: Big Mountain Music Festival 9, The Ocean, Nakornratchasima, Thailand

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

Light plotting: Jiro Endo

Light operation: T Lighting

Final diagram

Hip-Hop stage is a brand new stage at Big Mountain Music Festival 9, 2018, making it the 10th stage in the event. Corresponding to the sharp rising popularity of the Genre in Thailand, the stage has to accommodate quite a number of Thai hip-hop fans. We made it an open stage following Big Mountain stage design fashion… a hip-hop crowd in a green field (but because of the unusual heavy rainfall on the first day, it became a stage on a mud field.)

Our design approach is to make a very subtle backdrop in triangular shape yet can be transformed to an aggressive/active scenography that suit hip-hop genre. The backdrop is simply composed of 2 pieces of stretched black curtains over-layed on steel scaffolding system. The blackness of the fabrics is enough to hide presence of lighting fixture and translucent enough for light to emit through. During daytime the stage is almost like a black pyramid standing on a green field, while during the night, energy is transmitted to audiences in the form of lights.

COW Stage at BMMF9, 2018

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Kasidis Puaktes, Hutsama and Supermachine team

Lighting and Motion graphic: Duck unit

Lighting Operator: Lightsource

Client: Gan & GMM Grammy

For 9 years in a row, Cow stage has been featured in Big Mountain Music Festival. In fact, it is the only thing that is redesign and built in all 9 editions of the event. 9 years old, Cow stage has evolved from hand-powered mechanism into a fully digitally control installation that enhances performances of artists on stage. Nostalgically, we still miss those days when a bunch of stage men had to control movements of the Cow’s head, its mouth and changes of eyes expression. But life goes on… Today’s edition of the Cow has totally embraced new spirit.


One week before the event
Installing Cow’s head
Completing the crown

Not anymore that the making of cow robot is a redesign of its skin on permanent structure, it has been forced to be a total temporary installation due to venue’s constraints. The whole thing is design based on the modular steel scaffolding system. The Cow’s design is our interpretation of BMMF organizer’s team, “Extravaganza”. The theme for the stage is an “Egyptian Pharaoh”

Diversity and technology: As mentioned before, the Cow robot’s performing mechanisms like eyes and hand have been replaced by digitally controlled LED panel, they are the main means that create diversity for the shows. Mainly, artists playing on this stage are pop to easy listening genre, communication design is also meant to be easier to comprehend rather than experimenting.

Testing system process