Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), embodies the spirit of collaboration and co-creation through series of exchanges, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, to drive the social product of Thailand. Currently operating in Bangkok and Chiangmai, the OKMD is looking to expand a new branch of design center in the Northeastern region of Thailand: KhonKaen Province.
In response to the hot and dry climatic conditions of Khonkaen, the architectural concept focuses on the relationship between physical space to the pungent sunrays. By implementing a precise angled gabled roof paneled with Esaan local heat-resistant roof shingles, we were able to maximize shading for the building interior. This roof also provides shading for the semi-outdoor space, the main circulation which can be used as an extension to the interior functions. The final result creates an optimal condition for indoor habitation and other activities held within the design center.
In order to incorporate a large variety of applicable activities within a limited site boundary, we designed a flexible floor planning system that maximize the amount of customizable space within a given area based on lighting needs. The spaces are classified into three main typologies: An exhibition space with minimal lighting, A Lecture/Workshop space with moderate lighting, and Café/Co-working space with maximum lighting. Placing the Exhibition space and Café/Co-working space on both ends of the building, the Lecture& Workshop space fits right in between the two extremes. Based on the appropriate number of users, the Lecture/Workshop space could be re-partitioned and customized to the appropriate size also allowing the other two spaces to compress or expand accordingly.
To accommodate for maximum flexibility and customizable programs, the building envelope expresses a simple form factor along with usage of Esaan local materials to create an integrated light gradient. The roof was designed through a modular system extracted from the local textile pattern which mirrors the gradient of lighting conditions needed for each spatial functions. The interior also features Esaan local indigo dyed cloth used for light filtering curtains to evoke the idea of innovation through local materiality.