Harbormall by Supermachine studio


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Harbormall is a revitalized shopping centre 100km east of Bangkok, designed by multidisciplinary design firm Supermachine studio. The main feature of the shopping mall is its vibrant new facade of numerous glass fins, wrapped over the old facade of the building.

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The refurbishment of the mall also includes a redesign of the front plaza, a completely new interior space and a re-conceptualized facade of vivid marine hues.

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3,400 pieces of laminated glass fins in 8 shades of blue, green and white comprise this new skin. The idea is to create a iridescent blue box that glows at night, contrasting with the adjacent highway that is flooded with orange streetlamps.

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The restrained simplicity of the facade distinguishes the mall from the more elaborate forms of the  surrounding urban fabric, creating an architectural landmark.

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Light is brought into the interior space with new skylights, an the colourful shades of glass are brought into key elements like the vertical lift shafts.

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Supermachine studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded and based in Bangkok in 2009 by Thai architect, Pitupong Chaowakul. Supermachine studio’s projects are extremely varied and multidiscipliary, including product, exhibition, architectural and event design.

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Lampyris House by S+PBA


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The Lampyris House is a hillside bungalow designed by Bangkok architecture firm S+PBA. The site is located on a remote hillside adjacent to the Khao Yai national park, affording the house very prominent views of the park by day but little or no view at night due to its complete isolation.

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“Lampyris” refers to a firefly that emits a constant source of light after dusk. In the architects’ first visit to the site, they imagined the pitch darkness of the site at night, and envisioned a cluster of disembodied lights suspended—firefly-like—before the hillside’s silhouette.

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In what the architects call a “picture-frame effect”, the interior and exterior by reciprocating views enjoyed from within the house by day with nocturnal views of the house from without by night.

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In place of pictures, paintings and decorations that usually adorn the flatness of a plain wall, here large windows are fragmented and scattered across walls in picture frame size apertures.

Wall and window, interior and exterior, lose their binary nature as they dematerialize into one another.

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A lap pool spans the length of the living room space, with bridge-like walkways perching across the water, creating a sense of visual layers and depth in space. The many openings in the walls allow for ample light to spill across the monochromatic surfaces in an even wash.

S+PBA is a Bangkok based Architecture firm founded in 2005 by 2 principal architects, Ponlawat Buasri and Songsuda Adhibai.

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