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.

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.

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 Name Naiipa Art Complex
Location Phra Kanong, Bangkok, Thailand
Completion Date 2016
Site Area 1,200 square meters
Gross Floor Area 2,400 square meters
Building Height 12 meters
Client/Owner G’RIS 46
Architectural Firm Stu/D/O Architects
Principal Architects Apichart Srirojanapinyo; Chanasit Cholasuek
Project Team Adrian Smiths; Chompunuch Vanichayanguranon; Pitchaya Kointarangkul (Stu/D/O Architects)
Main Contractor Sittanant
Mechanical &Electrical Engineer MEE Consultants
Civil &Structural Engineer B.N.G Engineering
Landscape Architect Field Landscape Studio
Images/Photos Pirak Anurakyawachon; Stu/D/O Architects

Project Name Inter Crop Office
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Completion Date 2018
Site Area 2,450 square metres
Gross Floor Area 3,500 square metres
Building Height 22.9 metres
Client/Owner Inter Crop Co.,Ltd.
Architectural Firm Stu/D/O Architects
Principal Architects Apichart Srirojanapinyo; Chanasit Cholasuek
Main Contractor Chaiwat Construction
Mechanical &Electrical Engineer MEE Consultants
Civil &Structural Engineer Wasan Thongpoon
Images/Photos Chaovalith Poonphol; Stu/D/O Architects

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