A MILLIMETRE CALLS UPON INDUSTRIAL SIMPLICITY AS THE MAIN CONCEPT OF THE DESIGN BEHIND THIS HOSTEL SET AMID BANGKOK’S RISING CREATIVE TOURISM TREND
Over the past two years, with Bangkok at the top of the list as the most visited country in the world, it comes as no surprise why the hotel business is blossoming still. Bed One Block Hostel introduces itself as Bed Station’s sister hotel, located in Ratchathevi amid the rising trend of creative tourism. Standing out in style from the highly urbanized area of Bangkok, this 265- square-meter hostel has A Millimetre as the project’s architect. The design forms a physical perimeter around a unit of shophouses in Soi Phetburi 18 with a white steel grate whose low relief geometric pattern brings dimension to the façade while natural light is granted access to the interior space though its interesting configuration. The designer intends to renovate the neighborhood’s old buildings to attract the ‘flash packers’ who are looking for a true local experience. With industrial simplicity being the main concept of the design of this hostel, the materialization comes in the shapes and forms of a neutral color scheme and textures. The rawness and solidity of the materials are toned down with the combined architectural elements of white steel grates, exposed concrete, light colored wood and accessories such as a nice bunch of large throw pillows, collectively bringing a friendly, relaxing ambience to the space. Apart from the adaptation of materials such as steel into the indoor furniture or creating a multifunctional interior space using steps, another fun gimmick that helps Bed One Block playfully communicate with its users is the presence of a tag line and signs as well as the hostel’s logo found in different interior and exterior elements. The miscellaneous details of the project’s graphic design have Studio Dialogue as the mastermind behind their creation.
The design of the interior space reflects the hostel’s understanding of the nature of its target clientele. The communal area accommodates various functionalities from the dining area and working space to relaxing corners, etc. In addition, the combination and connection of spaces allow people to interact as seen in the design of the project’s public and private spaces be they the communal bedrooms that are mostly bunk beds to communal restrooms, all facilitating opportunities for people from different parts and cultures of the world to meet and mingle.
TEXT: NANTHANA BOONLA-OR