Studio Spotlight: Naiipa Art Complex & Inter Crop Office

Commercial / Nov - Dec 2018

Studio Spotlight: Naiipa Art Complex & Inter Crop Office

Stu/D/O Architects designed two projects in Bangkok that are not your typical commercial buildings. Using fragmentation and fractalisation, the architects created green spaces, embracing nature and blurring boundaries.

NAIIPA ART COMPLEX

How does one create architecture where the goal is to minimise the architectural presence on-site? The architects of Naiipa (literally meaning “deep in the forest”) Art Complex approached the design by prioritising the existing greenery/nature and crafting the building elements around the location and dimensions of the trees. The trees/nature became the central characters into which the architecture ‘vanishes’ amidst their presence. And the group of large trees in the centre are indeed the driving force of this project; a vision of greenery that greets occupants and visitors alike, while providing a peaceful and inspiring environment for the art community.

The mixed-use complex consists of an art gallery, recording studio, dance studio, dining areas and office spaces. The project is located in a small alley in the middle of the city, where the locals walk by every day during their commute.

INTER CROP OFFICE

The Inter Crop Office in Bangkok looks almost like a Japanese Zen temple from afar due to its clean lines, thin wood-like (aluminium) vertical fins and neat layers of greenery that echo rice terraces. The ‘rice terrace’ architectural idea was deliberate to draw a connection to the company’s business in agrochemical trading

The open-stack terraces were established by shifting the mass of each floor to be slightly different from each other—this shift softened the overall mass of the architecture while creating a series of overlapping cantilevers and terraces that provides shading for gathering, sharing and working outdoors. As such, these ‘rice terraces’ become gardens for interaction and socialising amongst employees while serving as common flexible spaces for work.

Project NameNaiipa Art Complex
LocationPhra Kanong, Bangkok, Thailand
Completion Date2016
Site Area1,200 square metres
Gross Floor Area2,400 square metres
Building Height12 metres
Client/OwnerG’RIS 46
Architectural FirmStu/D/O Architects
Principal ArchitectsApichart Srirojanapinyo; Chanasit Cholasuek
Project TeamAdrian Smiths; Chompunuch Vanichayanguranon; Pitchaya Kointarangkul (Stu/D/O Architects)
Main ContractorSittanant
Mechanical & Electrical EngineerMEE Consultants
Civil & Structural EngineerB.N.G Engineering
Landscape ArchitectField Landscape Studio
Images/PhotosPirak Anurakyawachon; Stu/D/O Architects

Project NameInter Crop Office
LocationBangkok, Thailand
Completion Date2018
Site Area2,450 square metres
Gross Floor Area3,500 square metres
Building Height22.9 metres
Client/OwnerInter Crop Co.,Ltd.
Architectural FirmStu/D/O Architects
Principal ArchitectsApichart Srirojanapinyo; Chanasit Cholasuek
Main ContractorChaiwat Construction
Mechanical & Electrical EngineerMEE Consultants
Civil & Structural EngineerWasan Thongpoon
Images/PhotosChaovalith Poonphol; Stu/D/O Architects

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