bangkok project studio: kantana film and animation institute, thailand
bangkok project studio: kantana film and animation institute, thailand bangkok project studio: kantana film and animation institute, thailand
may 09, 2013

bangkok project studio: kantana film and animation institute, thailand

‘katana film and animation institute’ by bangkok project studio, bangkok, thailandimage © bangkok project studio




students at thailand’s kantana film and animation institute will have an experiential understanding of the massive effort and care of a creative act. the home of the undergraduate college, itself a manifestation of the country’s largest film studio endeavoring to invest in local talent, was designed by thai architect boonserm premthada and features eight-meter-high handmade brick walls. the architect states that the total sensory experience is universal, and therefore the built form, particularly when the program calls for creative reflection, should engender such a phenomena; as such over half a million handmade bricks were made locally and imbue the space with a distinctly human scale and touch.



the staggeringly thick masonry is punctuated by orthogonal apertures at irregular intervals that serve both to help ventilate the spaces and provide quiet enclaves for sitting and relaxing. while the building is supported by an inner steel structure, the gap between the inner and outer skin of the edifice guards against heat transfer and naturally cools the spaces. the school is organized into 5 different areas– administration, lecture rooms, a workshop, library and a canteen– all connected by a network of axial hallways, delineated by the undulating vertical planes of brick. while the rural site was challenging, the interior forest of graystone and concrete paths extend the learning spaces and blurs the borders between built and natural space. the compositions of mass and void is intended to inform the student’s thinking and help stimulate the kind of visual story-making required in the creation of a film. this is an architecture literally formed by the human body and made all the more rich by the deeply human stories that will grow within its walls.



the school was recently shortlisted for the aga khan award for architecture; see designboom’s coverage here.




the architect accompanies a walkthrough of the project and explains the motivations behind the building video © aga khan award for architecture



the building is located on a rural site just northwest of the capital image © bangkok project studio



eight meter high walls are punctured by an irregular pattern of apertures image © aga khan award for architecture / pirak anurakyawachon



the handmade brick planes layer to guard against heat transfer image © bangkok project studio



entrance view image © bangkok project studio



close to a million bricks were created for the project image © bangkok project studio



graystone and concrete paths are interspersed with trees image © bangkok project studio



image © bangkok project studio



circulation between the four buildings becomes and opportunity for reflection image © bangkok project studio



image © bangkok project studio



overall view of one of the buildings image © bangkok project studio



details of the brickwork image © bangkok project studio



openings serve the double purpose of allowing light and ventilation as well as creating seating areas image © bangkok project studio



staggered brick image © aga khan award for architecture / xaroj prawong



seating areas in the lecture room courtyard image © bangkok project studio / xaroj prawong



view of the outdoor space image © bangkok project studio



studio courtyard image © aga khan award for architecture



library entrance view image © aga khan award for architecture / pirak anurakyawachon



library courtyard image © bangkok project studio



lecture hall view image © bangkok project studio



view of the canteen image © aga khan award for architecture / pirak anurakyawachon



  • I pround very much to Modern THAI Architecture in your language.Love it. Thank

    Anucha P Raang says:
  • I like it…I like it a LOT
    fred usa

    fred rehak says:
  • Simply great architecture.

    Davide says:
  • Beautiful conception, very inspirational

    Carlos says:
  • Hi, I was lucky to be in the project presentation on Kantana Project by the architect Boonserm, Bankok who designed the building. As I know the building is not just an architecture it is some thing more than that, a Social obligation and commitment towards the society. The concept and the building is really spectacular..and more over that this construction gave a new life to a neglected and abandoned Brick Makers society in Thailand. The makers got work and got money for their living and now they have good this 60000 handmade brick project..the architect Boonserm is really an architect..hatts off to you…

    Sonu Joy says:

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