FX Awards 2017: The Winners

Workspace Environment Large (Over 40,000 sq ft)

Winner: Thailand Creative and Design Center
by Department of Architecture

Thailand Creative and Design Center by Department of ArchitecturePhoto Credit: W Workspace

Sponsored by Future Designs

The Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) is a government agency with a mission to inspire creative thinking in the society and to propel the country’s creative economy. It provides a range of resources and services. The main components are a design library, material library and co-working space.

TCDC is now settled into a new environment in the historical Grand Postal Building. The design of the space is intended to link the new with the old, and to address TCDC’s mission to be the country’s creative incubator.

The resource centre is not set up as a series of traditional silent libraries; a large portion of the space aims to encourage interaction and dialogue in a co-working or cafe-style setting. The openness and the flow of the space helps to bring people together and encourage spontaneous conversations. Spaces are flexible with movable furniture and adjustable systems. Exhibition nodes are integrated into all spaces; new ideas are always in reach and inspirational.

Within the historical building, architectural features from the Thirties contrast with the present-day transformations, and contained within are books, magazines, material samples, digital media, and exhibitions – all with the intention to inspire.

The judges said

‘Elegant and inspiring design that puts ‘Knowledge’ at the heart of the space’

Finalists & judges' comments

Uber Advanced Technologies Group by Assembly Design Studio
‘Industrial chic with a clean, crisp approach. Inspirational’

Wimpole Street by de Metz Forbes Knight Architects
‘A warm, calm and welcoming environment with a range of work spaces ‘

Microsoft London by Gensler
‘Seamless integration of technology tools. Feels vibrant and dynamic’

YOOX NET-APORTER GROUP Tech Hub by Grimshaw
‘Dramatic, sculptural arrival. Warm, natural, elegant. Wellintegrated planting’

Sky Central by HASSELL, PLP Architecture, AL_A, Arup and Mace.
‘Landmarks, circulation and changes in level creates community’

Shenzhen iCarbonX Office by HCD IMPRESSION
‘A wide variety of interior expressions balance function and aesthetics’

Veterinary Hospital and Centre for Excellence by Jonathan Clark Architects
‘Striking; efficient use of space on a constricted site’

WeWork Weihai Road: Coworking Space by Linehouse
‘Rich and playful palette without gimmickry’

The Estee Lauder Companies, One Fitzroy, London by MCM Architecture
‘A clean, simple approach to a corporate office space’

Unity Technologies by Rapt Studio
‘Beautiful integration of old and new. Loved the atrium and sense of community’

Ancestry HQ by Rapt Studio
‘The spaces are a kaleidoscope of texture and individual expression ’

UBS, 5 Broadgate by TP Bennett
‘A first-class, future-forward design on a grand scale’

Intuit Marine Way Building by WRNS • Clive Wilkinson Architects
‘The atrium reflects a heroic orientation point‘

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