MIRRORING THE TREES THIS STUDIO IS SURROUNDED BY, ATELIER OF ARCHITECTS BUILDS UPON THE SENSE OF SOMETHING DURABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND FULL OF POTENTIAL.
The age of digital TV brought with it the current period where anyone can produce their own TV program to express their opinions and imagination, as well as a platform from which ‘Studio Mai Yuean Ton’ found the proper starting point to start up a production house that has since gained much interest not only for its function but its external appearance as well.
Atelier of Architects, the architect firm that designed this studio, played a big role in every process – ranging from the site selection and design to the construction. “The location had to be easy to get to and functional,” described Salyawate Prasertwitayakarn, founder of Atelier of Architects and Narongdet Wongwanchai, architect. “This space had a wide surface area and a golf course adjacent in the rear, creating a nice atmosphere with a very natural environment.”
Within the space, four studios are divided and separated from one another, each of which boasts high ceilings around 12 meters in height allowing for the building to stand out from its surroundings. The designer gave further priority to functionality, the privacy of the production teams and the management process that must be carried out during production.
The spatial organization inverses upon the surroundings, with the front studio area requiring the most privacy being set against the flat wall while the back area covered by many trees houses facilities such as the fitting room, cafeteria, restroom and also the corridor. Therefore, the installed glass windows provide the user with a relaxing experience while further serving as a strong point for the identity of the studio.
The moniker of the studio, ‘Mai Yuean Ton’ (meaning big trees) is not just a title either. Each studio room is named for the surrounding trees such as Phayung (Siamese Rosewood), Thong Lang (Indian Coral Tree), Sak Thong (Teak) and Ratchapreuk (Golden Shower), a concept that represents the idea of taking on a sense of something durable, sustainable and full of potential.
The image of the studio is undoubtedly outstanding; however, in fact, the elements that Atelier of Architect emphasize are the building’s character, the potential of a durable design and, last but not least, the power of experimentation and appreciation for the stage within design practice where one must learn to love the problems they come across. “The result is a conclusion resulting from experimentation. If a material was not solid enough, we changed to another. If it seemed we were going over the budget, we had to reduce. But ultimately, the function of the interior was the primary factor that led to the building’s appearance and its resulting unique character.”
TEXT: WARUT DUANGKAEWKART