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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Klong Toey Community Lantern in Bangkok, Thailand by TYIN tegnestue Architects

January 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TYIN tegnestue Architects

Klong Toey is currently the largest and oldest areas of informal dwellings in Bangkok. More than 140.000 people is estimated to live here, and most are living in sub-standard houses with few or no tenure rights or support from the government.

The area has great social challenges mostly due to the lack of public services like healthcare, affordable education, sanitation and electricity. An extensive drug problem greatly affects the social climate followed by high unemployment rates, violence and crime.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, The area becomes full of live and activity as soon as school is over for the day.

  • Architects: TYIN tegnestue Architects ( Kasama Yamtree, Andreas Grøntvedt Gjertsen ,Yashar Hanstad, Jeanne-Francoise Fischer, Karoline Markus, Madeleine Johander, Paul la Tourelle, Nadia Müller, Wijitbusaba Marome )
  • Project: Klong Toey Community Lantern
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Client: Klong Toey Community
  • Project: Public space
  • Cost: 35.000 NOK / 4.500 EUR
  • Building period: February 2011 – March 2011
  • Area: 91 m2
  • Built by: TYIN tegnestue with Students and Community
  • Students: Natthanan Yeesunsri, Sarinee Kantana , Nuntiwatt Chomkhamsingha, Nantawan Tongwat , Supojanee Khlib ngern, Nattaporn Seekongplee , Sarin Synchaisuksawat , Nuchanart Klinjan , Panyada Sornsaree , Porawit Jitjuewong, Amornrat Theap-un, Ponjanat Ubolchay , Yaowalak Chanthamas , Boosarin khiawpairee , Praopanitnan Chaiyasang , Kritsana Srichoo, Mario Vahos , Carla Carvalho, Inês Correia , Sarah Louati , Pola Buske , Tabea Daeuwel , Johannes Drechsler , Lisa Gothling Alessa Hansen, Albert Hermann, Karl Naraghi , Alexander Neumer, Nandini Oehlmann, Fabian Wolf.
  • Sponsors: LINK Arkitektur, RATIO Arkitekter AS

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Recycled timber and recycled metal frames are combined with new materials.

In addition to the main function as a football court and a public playground the project will work as a tool for the community to tackle some of the social issues in the area. A crucial factor in the continuation of the project is that the Klong Toey Community Lantern will be part of a long term strategy. This project is part of a development on a larger scale, and it has to be considered as a small contribution that might lead to positive change. With the local connection established both in the local community and a professional network in Thailand the project has greater chances of having a social sustainability.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, The structure gives a new character to the street, creating a defined but permeable boundary.

The year long preparation period allowed the team to design and build the structure in as little as three weeks. During this period the project team got involved with the community through interviews, workshops and public meetings. The design of the structure is a combination of many basic ideas and concepts, and embodies several of the features lacking in the area including new hoops for basketball, a stage for performances or public meetings, walls for climbing and seating both inside and around the edges of the playground.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Children can sit and watch a football game.

Space was limited on the site, and it was important to maintain the size of the football field. As a result of these limitations the footprint of the structure measures 12m x 1,2m and the full height of the building is short of 5 meters. Due to poor ground conditions a concrete base was cast to support the weight of the building.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, View of the structure with it’s repetitive and clear logic.

The main construction´s simplicity, repetitive logic and durability enables the local inhabitants to make adaptations that fit with their changing needs without endangering the projects structural strength or the general useability of the playground. This way the project runs in parallel with the ever changing surroundings and fits with the idea that the project could be part of a larger call for a more sustainable development in the Klong Toey area.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Children sitting with a panel made out of recycled wood as background.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, First impression of the football court coming from from the main street.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Meeting at the construction site. A white board becomes a tool of communication in the process.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Preparation of structure elements to be set up afterwards.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Preparation of the foundation for the metal fence.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Real scale experiments on site are part of the process to test ideas.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Preparation of timber elements for final touches.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Samples of final touches on site.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Første inntrykk av fotballbanen når man kommer inn fra hovedgaten.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Strukturen gir en ny karakter til gaten, og skaper en definert, men overskridbar grense.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects, Detalj av strukturen på plass. Prosess ekprementering.

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects,

Image Courtesy © TYIN tegnestue Architects

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