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Three years ago, AUBE, a wedding venue in Ratchapruek designed by PHTAA Living Design, unveiled what has come to be known as the new Wedding Venue Architecture, which has piqued the interest of bride and grooms planning their wedding ceremonies, event organizers, and even ordinary people passing by. As a result, PHTAA took advantage of the opportunity to design another Wedding Venue, Found, on Nuanchan Road in Bueng Kum, where they can maintain a smooth white tone concept to accentuate the elements of the wedding through the story of the local material reinterpreted in PHTAA’s style as interesting as ever.
Local Material creates a new language in architecture
To distinguish the new Wedding Venue project from the others, designers had to develop a new architectural language, beginning with exploring local materials until he discovered the Nontasilp’s material and furniture Shop, which sells an old stucco cornice that was once very popular.
“In the past, stucco cornices, such as those seen in Thai dramas, were frequently used. However, as fashion shifted toward modern design, many cornices remained in stock. These things can be called Fake because the cornices in the European origins of these elements are very large. Though, when designing a classic style house, we must reduce the scale to make it a different scale from the original. Fake is interesting because when we look at how they used the cornices, it’s beautiful just to see them set up in a row, stack them in a row, or arrange the heads of the pillars. It likes the Art Installation. The pillars are simple. However, when the cornices are stacked together to display for sale, it becomes an intriguing method that we will build on. Because we sometimes take knowledge from being local or local craftsmen to make the work look more dimensional,” Wit – Ponwit Rattanatanatevilai, one of the PHTAA Living Design founders explained.
After getting the initial idea, the designer comes up with the concept ‘Authentic Fake,’ which means reinterpreting and rearranging the story of the material in a new way to bring life back to the things that were once worthless and make them interesting in their own right.
Authentic Fake breathes new life into the aged.
After visiting Nontasilp Shop, the designer team picked different styles of pillars from about 19-20 designs the shop offered to be used as the main character and rearranged them alternately in various ways. It becomes a total of 5 types of columns arranged in rows called the ‘garden of columns,’ which is like a corridor for people to take pictures or walk around and gradually spread these languages used as Design Elements in other sections of the function within the project.
The team designed the different areas of the floor plan based on the wedding ceremony. The front area serves as a drop off point for guests. To distinguish the character, the designers chose to take a large number of previously unused cornices on the floor from Nonthasilp Shop and adjust the method by using them vertically (mocking the pillars). The cornices have been stacked up together into a large rectangular shape mass that is carved out to form a shape that allows visitors to access the space as it stretches to lead people into the bride and groom gallery.
Something More: The material is made of foam to be as lightweight and easy to scrape or shape as possible. Dowel Rebars are used as brackets before these foam sheets are glued together and hand-honed to form pieces one by one.
Planning that considers the wedding’s order and process
As a guest at the event, there are primarily three points that are important according to the wedding ceremony’s order. The first is a gallery of images from the bride and groom’s pre-wedding ceremony. The second point of contact is the Reception or Souvenirs Spot. The third location is the Welcome Foyer, which is where the bride and groom will greet and take photos before entering the main event hall inside the building. “When these three main points are in hotels, traffic will occasionally become congested because the roads in the hotels themselves are not specifically designed for weddings. There will also be people wandering around or lining up that does not compliment the area” the architect explained.
The designers solved this problem by clearly designing these three main nodes in a Circular Node, sequentially connected by a long corridor to reduce the congestion that people frequently gather. This allows guests to gradually spread out in these long corridors, as well as explore more of the space and see a larger area. In addition to the column garden, there is a staircase leading up to the upper space where the bride will toss the bridal bouquet into the Inner Court below.
The concept of material is also used to create the character in different ways in these three main nodes, making each area unique and memorable in its way. The first node is formed by alternating and connecting different types of pole heads. The vertical application of cornices is represented by the second node, while the horizontal application is represented by the third node. These nodes combine to form an element that is perfectly distributed in different parts.
One of the corridors also leads to a bathroom that the designers intended to place outside the building to alleviate congestion in the main hall. According to Khun Wit, the most important aspect of the large building hall’s design is the BOH area or service area, which must be reserved for nearly 30 per cent of the total building’s proportion for storage, chairs, or equipment. The BOH for this building is located on the left wing behind the stage, while the reception room for the bride and groom is located on the right wing. There is also a door nearby that leads into the room for morning prayers. All of them have a curtain that divides the proportions clearly for the convenience of renting space that can be divided into use without the need to turn on the air conditioner in every area.
Of course, for a once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding, everything that happens on that day must be flawless. The location that meets the requirements of this special day has the same effect. Looking around, the whitewashed architecture only serves as a backdrop for the joyful hour to become the most highlighted and memorable.
“It’s going to be something like Monumental Architecture to create something beautiful, memorable, and inviting. The important thing is that there must be a photoshoot. In my opinion, architectural design to support photography is not a bad thing but is not the main content. Because the purpose of a wedding is to capture a once-in-a-lifetime memory. As a designer, designing the space in response to the feeling is a fundamental thing that I should do for them,” said Khun Wit.
Architecture & Interior : PHTAA living design
Architect team : Sukdisan Thongtan , Suradet Nutham
Interior design team : Lattapon Nopparatborinot, Natthawut Prathumset
Engineering system : Kor-It Design and Construction
Consultant supervisor : Pongsakron Phattranurakyotin (pep.studio)
Lighting designer : Studioluxsit
Landscape designer : Theerapong Sanguansripisut
Contractor : Khong thavorn
Photo credit : Jinnawat Borihankijanan