SCB Academy

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Project Type: Interior design
Client: Siam Commercial Bank
Location: FL18&19 East Tower, SCB HQ., Bangkok Thailand
Project size: 3,000 Square meters
Completion: Q1 2018
Design team : Supermachine Studio
Pitupong Chaowakul with Hutsama , Kasidis Puaktes, Sujinda Khawkam and Aran Romyanond
Program design: Deloitte
Structure designer: Basic design
MEP designer: Degree system
Contractor: FL18 = Scand interfirm
FL19= Pro fine decor
Photograph : Wison Tungthunya & W Workspace

In the age of digital and internet, when everything is changing much quicker than we could ever imagine, financial institutions have been in center of discussions as one of the businesses that will have to heavily adapt to the new nature. As a first commercial bank in Thailand and currently one of the biggest, SCB (Siam Commercial Bank) has been aware of the need to critically transform the company’s gigantic organization. Recently, the Bank has been implementing a lot of new projects in different dimensions. One of them is to establish an internal training institution with the main goal of training and equipping different level of its employees with new knowledge for coping with the inevitable changes.

The SCB academy was decided to be placed on FL18 and 19 of the existing east tower on its headquarter complex in Ratchayothin area in Bangkok. It is meant to serve many level of employees from operation to management as there are as many as 20,000 people working in the complex. The 3,000 square meter facility is a combination of diverse “learning” spaces from classrooms to discussion pavilion to co-working and food work space.

Supermachine studio believes learning is infinite and taking place outside more than inside classrooms. Solutions or great ideas derive from creative interactions of co-workers orchestrated by critical but open minded influencers. Spaces for learning for us were design accordingly; an open field where great discussions and collaborations can happen in every corners.

The 1,500 square meter 18th floor was turned into an welcoming lobby with 3 small transparent classrooms and large open collaborating areas in 2 opposite wings; food work space vs. non-food work space. As many configurations of seating as possible (from high stool to banquet to phone-booth) are implemented to accommodate different mode of collaborations and discussions. People are free to decide where choose where they want to study. A special element like a white board box where attendances can step up and write on 3 walls and a floor is also placed in one corner to challenge how they communicate with others. Spanning under ceiling on both wings are wooden maze ornament meant to link the vast space together. In a way, it is for people to play a little mind game while working; “Take a break, looking up and find the way out.”

The other half of the academy on 19th floor are set to serve a more concentrating group work consisting of executive lounge, meeting capsules and additional classrooms. A special enclosed hall with briefing room is placed at the end of wing for special group training environment that will constantly re-programmed in the future. For discussion use, there are 2 giant whiteboards in the space. One is traditional but super large locating along a classroom corridor, the other is a smart whiteboard which allow people to share content from their devices.

The two floors are spatially connected by a new spiral staircase and conceptually connected by the ever-changing wall murals. The hexagonal wooden magnets are specially designed for people to freely play with. There are different sets of graphics on the 10,000 magnet pieces that people can creatively compose stories that will never repeat out of them.

OSOTSPA office P3

SS-Osotspa-II-03Design team : Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesthien and Yupadee Suvisith

Commission type: Interior design

Client: Ostospa

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.

 

 

KTM Flagship Bangkok

KTM Flagship Bangkok

Location: A Square, Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok

Design team: Pitupong Chaowakul with Korakot Meesathien

 

Design story

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.

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!!!!!