Klong Toey Community Lantern / TYIN Tegnestue Architects

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Architects: TYIN TegnestueArchitects 
Location: Klong Toey Lock 1-2-3, , Thailand
Client: Klong Toey Community
Sponsors: Link Arkitektur & Ratio Arkitekter
Cost: 35,000 NOK / 4,500 EUR
Contruction Period: February 2011 – March 2011
Area: 91 sqm
Built by: TYIN tegnestue with students and community
Architects: Kasama Yamtree, Andreas Grntvedt Gjertsen, Yashar Hanstad, Jeanne-Francoise Fischer, Karoline Markus, Madeleine Johander, Paul la Tourelle, Nadia Mller, Wijitbusaba Marome
Photographs: TYIN Tegnestue Architects

   

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Klong Toey is currently the largest and oldest areas of informal dwellings in Bangkok. More than 140.000 people is estimated to live here, and most are living in sub-standard houses with few or no tenure rights or support from the government.

The area has great social challenges mostly due to the lack of public services like healthcare, affordable education, sanitation and electricity. An extensive drug problem greatly affects the social climate followed by high unemployment rates, violence and crime.

In addition to the main function as a football court and a public playground the project will work as a tool for the community to tackle some of the social issues in the area. A crucial factor in the continuation of the project is that the Klong Toey Community Lantern will be part of a long term strategy. This project is part of a development on a larger scale, and it has to be considered as a small contribution that might lead to positive change. With the local connection established both in the local community and a professional network in Thailand the project has greater chances of having a social sustainability.

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The year long preparation period allowed the team to design and build the structure in as little as three weeks. During this period the project team got involved with the community through interviews, workshops and public meetings. The design of the structure is a combination of many basic ideas and concepts, and embodies several of the features lacking in the area including new hoops for basketball, a stage for performances or public meetings, walls for climbing and seating both inside and around the edges of the playground.

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Space was limited on the site, and it was important to maintain the size of the football field. As a result of these limitations the footprint of the structure measures 12m x 1,2m and the full height of the building is short of 5 meters. Due to poor ground conditions a concrete base was cast to support the weight of the building.

The main construction¥s simplicity, repetitive logic and durability enables the local inhabitants to make adaptations that fit with their changing needs without endangering the projects structural strength or the general useability of the playground. This way the project runs in parallel with the ever changing surroundings and fits with the idea that the project could be part of a larger call for a more sustainable development in the Klong Toey area.

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Cite: "Klong Toey Community Lantern / TYIN Tegnestue Architects" 29 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=212214>

7 comments

  1. Thumb up Thumb down +3

    Great architecture..light, simple, functional and low cost. Although not sure why all the photos are HDR..too much HDR I’m afraid..

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      agreed!!, nobody use a 1″x2″ wood for kids to climb. a typical playground usually have sand at the bottom of the climber to protect kids from falling down, not concrete like that. this project works aesthetically, not functionally.

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        tre black and ellen, where do you come from? where do you live? where did you grow up? what kind of furniture do you have at home?

        there is a world over the a4 format.. discover it…

        and by the way, what kind of knowledge do you have of the thai society? have you ever been there? Have you been in a slum area? Do you know how people play, live, work, interact?

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        It rains a lot in Thailand so sand would be impractical in this case. It would be …ewww.

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    As a thai, I really appreciated these type of project the office has been doing, from a simple but well thougth of ideas, with minimal effort, potentialy can bring in a great deal of improvement in the area. There are so many serious problem that are overlooked, especially for architects, these type of projects are really the one that need their attention.

    I would be great to see how this area turned out, in the next few years.

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    As a thai, I really appreciated these type of project the office has been doing, from a simple but well thougth of ideas, with minimal effort, potentialy can bring in a great deal of improvement in the area. There are so many serious problem that are overlooked, especially for architects, these type of projects are really the one that need their attention.

    It would be great to see how this area turned out, in the next few years.

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