Duangrit Bunnag & Rungsima Kasikranund
Everyone must have seen and heard by now how over the past couple of years, Charoenkrung neighborhood has seen eager support from both the governmental and public sectors in their mutual attempts at, and interests in, turning the area into the city’s creative district. The idea has been developed for the local community to adapt, exchange and learn to survive as a part of the globalization happening around the world. After the opening of TCDC’s new home earlier this year, Charoenkrung welcomed the Warehouse 30 as its latest addition in August of 2017. Its arrival has been highly anticipated for everyone is waiting to see whether the project can intensify the creative economy and help the creative climate to flourish in the area.
Warehouse 30 is a project by Duangrit Bunnag and Rangsima Kasikranund, Thailand’s renowned architect and the former editor of the ELLE decoration team respectively, who have worked toward the renovation of an unrefined, spacious 4,000-square-meter old warehouse with a classic Post-Second World War, industrial world vibe into a creative grounds housing an eclectic array of activities likely to be everyone’s cup of tea whether it be the multi- brand retail shop, cafés, soup and sandwich joints, design bookstore, record shop, flower shop, vintage shop or motorcycle shop all the way to a handmade furniture place, co-working space and a cinema that screens exclusively documentary films. These establishments are put together in a well-thought out but seemingly unintentional and somewhat loosely programed plan where no definite boundary is indicated. Such obscurity can, to a certain extent, cause some problems for the space’s users, but it could also potentially render the kind of spatial flow and exchange of people’s understandings of the diverse activities happening in the space, which is something that the facilitators of Warehouse 30 are looking for.
We think that in the near future, Warehouse 30 could easily become another go-to place for Bangkok’s hip crowd. But what we actually hope is for the warehouse-turned-creative space to serve as another mechanism that will help to engage the public sector in the future growth of Charoenkrung’s creative economy.
￼TEXT: KRAIPOL JAYANETRA
PHOTO : KETSIREE WONGWAN