African Design Magazine February 2016 - Page 55

www.facebook.com/SonoArhitekti International project Adventure Hostel IBRANCY Situated in a close proximity to the world’s largest weekend market in the Northern part of Bangkok, Thailand, Adventure Hostel resides in a 4-storey typical shop house built during the 1960s. T he structural framing of the Adventure Hostel is 3.6 x 3.6m, forming a 7.2m wide and 14.4m deep building; an ideal structure that could accommodate shop and residence together with the most economical construction cost. above that. The typical layout for the shophouse is; the shop occupies the ground floor, directly connected to the street where all the trades could easily happen. Storage is on the second floor, and the family units would be However, after the Bangkok Sky train (BTS) was launched in 1999, it became the main transportation mode in Bangkok. The colossus structure creeps in all over the main street in CBDs to transport 250 000+ passengers a day. This condition changed the way people live in the shophouse along the BTS line. While the living conditions became worsen because of the noise and privacy factor, its potential for commercial use was greatly enhanced. Because of these reasons, many residents moved out and rented the space for commercial use. The client who rented the space for the hostel approached Integrated Design Office (INDEO), a Bangkok-based design studio led by Boonchai Tienwang. The brief was simple with only three requirements; cheap, fast and with a Thai contemporary culture accent. The building is used as a low-income apartment with fourteen 12m2 rooms. All the room’s walls are made from wood, while after the interior demolition, INDEO found a lot of windows, doors and wood studs left over. With an economical approach, the reuse of demolished materials became the core design idea. The door and wall wood studs found a new life for the outdoor furniture and africandesignmagazine.com 55