BU International Center (Complete images)

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Project: Bangkok University International Center

Location: Bangkok University, Rangsit Campus

Area: 480 m2

Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Suchart Ouypornchaisakukul, Korakot Meesatien, Santi Sarasuphab and Yupadee Suvisith

Contructor: Task Interior

Photograph: Pitupong Chaowakul

In 2018, AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) agreement will be implemented. There have been changes and upgrades in many sectors in Thailand preparing for the new frontier. Educational sector has been as well adapting itself rapidly to be able to compete in the new condition. One of the the strategies of Bangkok University is to equip their students with more knowledge and skill that will allow them to understand cultures of different countries in AEC better so that the possibility to do business or cooperate in the future is more fluid.

The BU international Center is a 480 sq.m. space converted from a typical student hall situated in between an existing movie room and lecture hall. The programs consists of reading area, I.T. corner, Movie room and 2 workshops. The design is to increase interaction among students as much as possible as we think interaction between teachers and student and among students themselves is the most effective way of education. The majority of the programs are in one space without partitioning, except those for particular workshops.

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Old Main Entrance

wallThe front partition, nicked name: “SPUN WALL”, is a curved wall consists of 1,360 pieces of metal panels painted in 16 shades of colors. The gradient steel curtain is a see-through facade of BU International Center separating the facility from the public corridor. Walking along the Spun Wall, people will be able to see through the interior with different angle. It is a wall with thousand of windows.

In the facility, there are some elements derived from ready made objects in Thai culture including the 4-leg table made of the clothing mannequin and the reception counter in the shape of typical Thai fruit kart. These fun elements are important to us for the educational facility to drag it out from a typical institutional atmosphere.

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Dormitory Transformation Project

Once in a while, a super challenging project come around… From several educational facilities we have been designing for Bangkok university, the Student Union building has been taking 110% effort from our team. The goal is to transform a very old dormitory into multi-program building serving students’ out-of-class activities. The building is under construction and due to finish January 2013

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul, Jetsada Phongwasin, Kasidis Puektes, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Theerayut Somtua with tons of help from our trainees.

The building accommodates spaces for extremely diverse activities from photographic studios, music rehearsal rooms, Thai dance club to POMPOM dance training hall.