Thailand Creative Design Center Khon Kaen / Architects 49
Text description provided by the architects. The Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) was founded to integrate the ingenuity of Thai society and culture with modern knowledge and technology. TCDC is neither a school nor a research center, but a source of “intellectual entertainment”, aspiring to inspire the creativity of Thai society through international learning; from exhibitions, conferences, workshops, to a resource center sparking creativity in different dimensions. This is fundamental for the development of the human resources of the nation.
Isan, or northeastern Thailand, is an arid, drought-prone region where water is scarce due to low rainfall. This hostile environment is the driving force behind the creativity and industrious nature of the Isan people. A unique treasure of knowledge and culture has been born amidst these environmental limitations, and the design of TCDC Khon Kaen aims to provide a space that supports the flourishing of such Isan creativity.
Large trees are a blessing in this barren landscape, and community activities often take place in the shade of these trees. Gatherings and interactions also take place on the ground floor under traditionally high Thai houses. This provides shade from the sun, allowing people to move from house to house through these sheltered spaces. TCDC’s design was inspired by these characteristic community gathering places, with trees surrounding an elevated structure.
TCDC’s activities promote interaction, so, in keeping with this theme, the street-side facade was created to communicate with passers-by. This is made possible by rotating reflective panels which not only act as blinds, but also function as mirrors providing a glimpse of the activities going on inside, and vice versa. These signs can also be used to advertise activities within the center through words and designs on the facade in a creative and deceptive way.