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Fai-Fah / Sparch

  • 01:00 - 2 March, 2012
Fai-Fah / Sparch
Fai-Fah / Sparch, © TMB Bank
© TMB Bank

© Lin Ho © Lin Ho © Lin Ho ©  Sparch +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Design Director

    Stephen Pimbley
  • Design Team

    Wenhui Lim, Mark Mancenido, Suchon Pongsopitsin
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. Fai-Fah, which means “light energy”, is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme initiated in April 2010 by TMB Bank. The programme acts as a catalyst for change in Thai society through working with underprivileged children and teenagers in their community using the arts as a vehicle for self-development and creative thinking.

©  Sparch
© Sparch

In October 2010, Sparch was invited to design Fai-Fah Prachautis, the refurbishment of two shop houses located in a residential district of Bangkok.The art and creative education programmes contained in the client’s brief have been distributed over five floors, and include: the multi-function “living room”, the art studio, a library, the gallery, the dance studio and a multi-purpose rooftop garden.

© Lin Ho
© Lin Ho

The design was developed at interactive workshops with the Fai-Fah children and teenagers, volunteer arts staff, and members of TMB’s CSR team. Ideas generated during the workshop such as the façade screen and the interior colours were incorporated into the design, underlining the positive nature of the collaborative process and ownership of the concept amongst all of the project's protagonists.

©  Sparch
© Sparch

The five levels of the building are linked by a central feature staircase with each level defined by its own colour theme. Utilities and services are housed in a new inverted L-shaped structure, the "Utility Stick", which is plugged into the rear of the building; it rises from the courtyard and bends to form a garden store at roof level.

© TMB Bank
© TMB Bank

The existing shop house façade has been transformed by the application of a bespoke lattice screen and Fai-Fah logo, a statement that the building is different from its adjacent neighbours and announcing to the community that Fai-Fah has arrived. Paradai Theerathada, Head of Corporate Communications at TMB Bank said, “Sparch’s workshops with the Fai-Fah children were inspiring.

plans 01
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They gave the children a great sense of accomplishment from being involved in the design process of such a large-scale, tangible project. Sparch’s unique interpretation of Fai-Fah propels the imagination of the young and old alike, and inspires the residents and children in the communities to look at ordinary things in extraordinary ways.”

©  Sparch
© Sparch
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Fai-Fah / Sparch" 02 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/212705/fai-fah-sparch/>
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kaori · August 13, 2012

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iambents · April 29, 2012

Skeptical about CSR in banks - but love the design of this TMB Bank space in Thailand- Fai-Fah / Sparch http://t.co/hLF2XWem

Coningenio SAS · April 04, 2012

Fai-Fah, que significa "energía de la luz", es un proyecto que actúa como catalizador para el cambio social. http://t.co/H7sI8vpD #Argos

Llano Fotografia · April 04, 2012

Fai-Fah, que significa "energía de la luz", es un proyecto que actúa como catalizador para el cambio social. http://t.co/H7sI8vpD #Argos

Aprocof · April 04, 2012

Fai-Fah, que significa "energía de la luz", es un proyecto que actúa como catalizador para el cambio social. http://t.co/H7sI8vpD #Argos

Juan Camilo · April 04, 2012

Fai-Fah, que significa "energía de la luz", es un proyecto que actúa como catalizador para el cambio social. http://t.co/H7sI8vpD #Argos

ARGOS · April 04, 2012

Fai-Fah, que significa "energía de la luz", es un proyecto que actúa como catalizador para el cambio social. http://t.co/H7sI8vpD #Argos

CAPUY · March 07, 2012

&#39Fai-Fah&#39 es una iniciativa de Responsabilidad Social para brindar aprendizaje a jóvenes de Bangkok, Tailandia http://t.co/e4utuaM7 #Diseño

Strang Architecture · March 04, 2012

love the bold use of yellow in this building&#39s interior http://t.co/U53ipkg1

Candy · March 04, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch | ArchDaily http://t.co/CR6RAZCM

Jose Mª Mora Camacho · March 03, 2012

RT @ArchDaily http://t.co/VYzsT1Ci - scratch that last tweet: Buildings are better in black, white, and YELLOW. http://t.co/Bf83IiCJ

Michael Rahmadita · March 03, 2012

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Lao Y · March 03, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch | ArchDaily http://t.co/GHrIkhcd

dobrzezaprojektowane · March 03, 2012

Pewien tajski bank* sponsoruje w Bangkoku dzia?alno?? domu kultury, który ufundowa?. O?rodek wygl?da tak, ?e nam... http://t.co/lNJdHrAS

Fedora Dasilva · March 03, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch http://t.co/tJ1Bn5se via @archdaily

Piper Chen · March 03, 2012

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Arquitectura · March 03, 2012

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Aisha AlMuhairi · March 03, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch | ArchDaily http://t.co/Jnm08pCp = a lovely yellow building :D

Arquitectura · March 03, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch http://t.co/8g7KKiNJ #architecture

Architecture+Molding · March 03, 2012

Fai-Fah / Sparch: Architects: Sparch
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Design Director: Stephen Pimbley
Design Team: W... http://t.co/GJotUQvm

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