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LIT Bangkok / VaSLab Architecture

  • 01:00 - 27 November, 2011
LIT Bangkok / VaSLab Architecture
LIT Bangkok / VaSLab Architecture, © Spaceshift Studio
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From the architect. Being a stranger, out of place or being alienated, is a state of mind when one is away from home. It is neither a familiar place nor an everyday life environment that one is used to. Especially, in a city full of complexity; different nationalities, cultures, or even architecture, that might cause us that feeling.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

LIT Bangkok is located in such a complex area of diversities and program contradictions, with 200 meters away from sky-train, a block away from art museum and shopping centers, the site is surrounded by shop houses, back-packer hotels, and also street vendors. Designed by VaSLab Architecture, LIT Bangkok seeks to articulate architectural space that coexists with the ability to attract passersby but yet seclude itself away from its outer chaos as to enclose them again with warmth and comfort. The L-shape of 79-room hotel consists of swimming pool, spa, fitness, steam room, restaurant & bar, and function room, altogether with the two-layer of green space, created to attract passersby. The ground level access leads to the hotel’s reception with the inner view of sunken court, visually connected by full height glass lobby. The court is enclosed by a fitness room, a steam, and a spa that sits below the elevated swimming pool. While the front green steps take the users up to the plaza level hosted by the outdoor dining space then fluctuates into the indoor restaurant via a sculptural bridge.

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The creation of these introverted spaces with a restricted sight to outside surroundings is inspired by the metaphor of a bride veil, “a detached façade”. This façade acts like a screen for the accommodation floors level 3 – 7, as to create the ability to concentrate more on the hotel’s inner sceneries; green plaza, sunken court, swimming pool, façade lighting, etc., than focusing on the surrounded areas of old shop houses. The façade’s pattern design is made of a series of parallelogram aluminum composite module, laser-cut to create the variations of 4 different void sizes. The overall façade composition represents the dynamic folding mask with patterned punctures that gives a various amount of light and different degrees of sight outside-in and inside-out.


Also influenced by a long fought history of the close-by Bangkok Art and Cultural Center – BACC (its site almost gave away to another department store), LIT is destined to be perceived as another district’s artwork, where it convinces that the world of commercials may be dimmed and merged with the more of art & design realm. Like a candle “lit” in the district, where art and comfort could well blend together, yet charming enough to attract the interests of any strangers in this small metropolis.

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Ads · May 10, 2014

I am currently staying in this hotel and any minor concerns about the architectural language or who has copied who completely fade away when you are here. The rooms are beautifully thought out and the whole hotel a tranquil oasis in a chaotic city.
Architecture has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

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yaya antya · March 15, 2012

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Luis Correa · March 15, 2012

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chen · March 15, 2012
rovi perantisa · March 01, 2012

i like this form, it's amazing,,,congratulation...

Pablo Sides Rojas · February 18, 2012

@FedeTour encontré esto y aquí me quedo! un abrazo, nos vemos.

detz · December 08, 2011

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ASphere · December 02, 2011

int. and ext. are quite different
just an ordinary house with some cool facade and explanation

phu · December 01, 2011

wow!terrific.i'd like to stay there one day.that's the same a museum or house

D5 Cursos · November 29, 2011

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Franz Spitaler · November 28, 2011

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Hazem B. · November 28, 2011

this piece is just as original as any of Hadid's work. All ranting aside, i kinda like this piece for what it is, simple and rather integral in terms of functionality and also it's quite interesting and aesthetically appealing...

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Toon · November 28, 2011

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Goutam Mitra · November 28, 2011

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Milosz Lodowski · November 28, 2011

Seems interesting, quite dynamical form, nicely done... Like it!

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Ramon Cardona · November 28, 2011

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Kathy · November 28, 2011

I think I like this. It photographs beautifully! RT @ArchDaily: LIT Bangkok / VaSLab Architecture #architecture

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JayM · November 27, 2011

I like how the vegetation is integrated into the deck. Also the forms and spaces look interesting to me.

I think it's funny that most of the criticisms here have something to do with Zaha Hadid: people either criticize Hadid's work or call others Zaha copycats.

H-J · November 27, 2011

It's like the lovechild of Thom Mayne and Zaha Hadid that has been raised by a pack of architecture students.

dean · November 27, 2011

form follow "i want it to be like zaha"

desa · November 27, 2011

This is just trying too hard. It's got every conceivable language under the sun trying to be "cool"... try hard wannabe, Boooo! Stop copying and come up with more original stuff.


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