Blueprint Awards 2017: The winners

Best Interior Project - Work

Winner: Department of Architecture, Co., Thailand
Thailand Creative and Design Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand Creative and Design Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Judges’ Comments

‘I love this project. Industrial, yet ethereal, beautifully detailed and full of surprises and contrasts. A total winner!’ Tina Norden

‘It’s intriguing and highly innovative with a stunning use of frames.’ Andre´ Fu

Thailand Creative and Design Center, Bangkok, Thailand

The Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) is a creative incubator operated by a government agency, which now occupies a refurbished wing of Bangkok’s Grand Postal Building. The new spaces are designed to complement the architecture of the 1930s building, while providing a contemporary environment that helps to promote creative activities.

Rather than disrupting or concealing the building’s structure, the architects chose to work within the existing envelope. The project team introduced freestanding walls and furniture to de ne new spaces, including a design library,a material library, a makerspace, a seminar room and offices. The new interventions predominantly utilise lightweight metal frameworks or translucent materials that contrast with thesolid mass of the building’s historical shell.

Throughout the various rooms, communal tables encourage interaction and conversation, creating a similar feel to a co-working space or a cafe. In the library, bookshelves are incorporated into a geometric metal-grid structure that extends up to the ceiling. Where required, translucent panels form partitions that allow light to pass through and produce a blurred effect so the spaces feel separate yet still connected. The same effect is applied alongside the circulation areas to create a connection with the activities happening within the adjacent rooms.

Highly Commended

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, China
The Garage, Beijing B+ Automobile Center, Beijing, China

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, China The Garage, Beijing B+ Automobile Center, Beijing, China

Commended

Assembly Design Studio, USA
Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center, Pittsburgh, USA

Assembly Design Studio, USA Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center, Pittsburgh, USA

Linehouse, China
WeWork, Weihai Road, Shanghai, China

Linehouse, China WeWork, Weihai Road, Shanghai, China

Finalists

Arquitecturia Camps Felip, Spain
FPdGi Headquarters, Girona, Spain

Assembly Design Studio, USA
Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center, Pittsburgh, USA

BDG architecture + design, UK
Hamburg Campus, WPP Group, Hamburg, Germany

Ben Adams Architects, UK
Albert House, London, UK

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, USA
Square, Inc., San Francisco, USA

Buckley Gray Yeoman, UK
The Bloomsbury Building, London, UK

Department of Architecture, Co., Thailand
Thailand Creative and Design Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Grimshaw, UK
Yoox Net-A-Porter Group Tech Hub, London, UK

HASSELL, Australia
Sky Central Workplace design, London, UK

Helin & Co Architects, Finland
TietoKeilalahti Campus, Espoo, Finland

Kris Lin Interior Design, China
Skynet, Shanghai, China

Linehouse, China
WeWork Weihai Road, Shanghai, China

Morey Smith, UK
8 Hanover Square, London, UK

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, China
The Garage, Beijing B+ Automobile Center, Beijing, China

Project Orange, UK
1 Zhukov, Moscow, Russia

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