The winners of the international design competition ”Bangkok: I am Fashion Hub“ have been unveiled. Entrants were challenged with the task of unifying the functions of a community center, library, exhibition theater, and public space within a cohesive venue in Bangkok for both the local and international fashion communities.
Of the original entries, three winners were selected by an international jury based on their adherence to several design factors including conceptual clarity, creativity, integration within the existing urban fabric, and feasibility as a center for fashion. The winning designs, from Malaysia, Russia, and France, garnered monetary prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Check them out, after the break.
Architects: T.R.O.P, A49, SDA, FOS
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Photographs: Spaceshift Studio / Pirak Anurakyawachon, Aranyarat Prathomrat
The “Bilbao effect“ was once viewed as the savior of the other cities; a way for post-industrial cities in the 1990s and 2000s to not only replace their economic reliance on failing industry with tourism, but to reinvent themselves as capitals of High Culture, enriching both body and soul. This has long since ceased to be the case, and many now see it instead as an ironic monument to hubris. But while architecture in the west is attempting to find a viable successor, rapidly expanding economies in Asia and South East Asia seem poised to embark on a new wave of architectural and cultural flourishes designed to attract tourists and Thai Baht.
Last year on ArchDaily, we featured a.gor.a Architects‘ Temporary Dormitories in Mae Sot, a series of low-cost shelters that help this town on the Thai border accommodate the influx of Burmese refugees from neighboring Myanmar. But tragically, last month a fire from a nearby sugar cane plantation burned down all four dormitories, negating the generous funding from the Embassy of Luxembourg in Bangkok, preventing the plan to recoup money by recycling the dormitories when they were no longer needed, and of course destroying much-needed accommodation for refugees. To make the most of a bad situation, the architecture firm has turned to Indiegogo in an attempt to raise $5,500 and rebuild at least two of the dormitories. You can visit their Indiegogo page here to help.
Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand
Architects In Charge: Siriyot Chaiamnuay & Arisara Chaktranon
Interior Designer: Onion, Siriyot Chaiamnuay & Arisara Chaktranon
Area: 3500.0 sqm
Photographs: Wison Tungthunya
Architects: Department of ARCHITECTURE
Location: Bangsaen Sai 1, Tambon Saen Suk, Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20130, Thailand
Principals: Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum, Amata Luphaiboon
Design Team: Kritbodee Chaicharoen, Witthawat Prabhasawat
Photographs: W Workspace and Tra Chang, SCG
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Area: 200.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of PYE