Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Company

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Architects: Bangkok Project Company Limited
Location: Nakhon Pathom Province,
Client: Kantana Edutainment (International) Co., Ltd.
Project Team: Boonserm Premthada, Ittidej Lirapirom, Piyasak Mookmaenmuan
Budget: 1,000,000 USD
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year of Completion: 2011
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio, Pirak Anurakyawachon


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Kantana Institute: Film and Animation Undergraduate School
Kantana Institute is a Film and Animation school of undergraduates. The Institute is dedicated to the master of drama in Thailand – Pradit Kaljareuk. It is located in Kantana Movie Town in Kakhonprathom province. It is a one story building which combines perfectly with the beautiful natural environment that surrounds it.

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The building has an “Inserted for” with a linear corridor with the north-south axis and the east-west axis. The corridor divides into four blocks with different functions. The Inserted forest to be used as meditation space, so as to remind them to concentrate what they are doing, whether it is making, or moving from place to place.

There are five different areas within the establishment: An administration office, a lecture room, a workshop, a library and a canteen. These areas are all linked by an Inserted forest in the shape of a log pathway. The pathway is made out of grey stone and to walls are made from bricks. The 8 meters high wall is a background of the sun, a tree, and a man when they are connected by each other’s shadows.

The administration office is a multi-function space containing a chairperson’s office, program office and a general office. They are connected to the courtyard. The sunlight makes this a very pleasant area. The lecture room is a quiet area surrounded with a brick wall and “an Inhabit wall”. This the ideal space to relax and unwind in between or after lectures. It is a free standing wall without borderline.

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The workshop is a good example of the interior character “darkness” . It creates the feeling of a dream at night time. It helps the students to feel peaceful and to focus while producing their animation projects.The library is a place where the natural sunlight from above, the sound of nature and the darkness the surround the courtyard, come together in unison This room consists of a wall lined.

With book, a meeting room, a Librarian counter, and multimedia area t in the center of the room. The canteen is an open air building. It is at the end of the pathway. To make this a multifunction area for different activities, this space is “non room”. In regards to materials used : This building is designed on the ”return to basics construction”. It is based on natural craftsmanship.


A brick is an everyday material for common cultural heritage of Thai society. The simplified from of the brick is transformed into a universal geometric space. It goes beyond both light and wind which is simple aesthetics sense. It is an easy to understand building where the brick wall does not give the sense of solidity but is gives the surface homogeneous of sunlight.

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Cite: "Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Company" 29 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=230041>
  • Tom Peeters

    I really like the overall concept of the building with is cross-shaped floorplan. I however don’t know about the brickwork: it seemed too much trouble for nothing?

    • Jok

      I would like to say,even too much trouble but if we use in the innovative way,those problem can be solved.We are architect,the problem is doesn’t matter for us if our design can changed jobless people return home, crated job opportunity and further opportunities to keep the community of brick worker continue and not just leaves it a name in the history. We use the handmade brick which size is doubled than the normal one in order to demonstrate the quality of simple but more than 700-year consumed material, human power, diligence and knowledge transfer among generations.
      The use of the brick and the innovation through the construction method are the beginning of lifestyle change from the jobless to become the knowledge seeker.

    • Luciano Grippo

      nothing? so you think eladio dieste´s church will be the same with straight walls? and it doesn´t seem so much trouble to me, it´s just putting one brick over the other, oldest trick ever…

    • Sonu Joy

      Hi, I was lucky to be in the project presentation on Kantana Project by the architect Boonserm, Bankok who designed the building. As I know the building is not just an architecture it is some thing more than that, a Social obligation and commitment towards the society. The concept and the building is really spectacular..and more over that this construction gave a new life to a neglected and abandoned Brick Makers society in Thailand. The makers got work and got money for their living and now they have good hope..by this 60000 handmade brick project..the architect Boonserm is really an architect..hatts off to you…

  • nyred

    Hat off to Kantana and Bangkok Project Company.
    One of the pilot projects in Thailand using more innovated brick courses.
    I was just curious what those steel beams on top of the wall are for.

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