a  museum dedicated to aluminum

 

HAS design and research wanted to bring softness and lightness to a busy road in the outskirts of bangkok with the design of the ‘museum of modern aluminum’. shortened to ‘MoMA’, the 400 sqm museum aims to revive the significance of aluminum in thailand with a characteristic elevational treatment.

 

the architects tell designboom that ‘thailand was once the largest aluminum manufacturer in southeast asia at the end of the 20th century’.  however, following the 1997 asian financial crisis, the bangkok streetscape became filled with advertising signs and ground floor extensions in order to survive.

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
images by w workspace

 

 

dandelions & fireflies

 

one street from the new museum site on ratchaphruek road leads to ko kret, an island that used to be populated by fireflies. this natural retreat provided the main design inspiration for the HAS team, who wanted MoMA to serve not only as a public space but also as a getaway for busy urban dwellers.

 

the museum is therefore designed as an extension of the natural landscape of ko kret island. during the day, MoMA is a dandelion, with its overhanging elements swaying in the wind, bringing softness and lightness to the busy ratchaphruek road; at night, MoMA transforms into fireflies, adding a sense of nature and peacefulness to the highly commercialized street.

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
the museum’s characteristic façade is inspired by fireflies

 

 

the façade is clad with tens of thousands of aluminum strips, each with a slightly different color and texture, just like the seeds of a dandelion. the aluminum strips, combined with LED lighting, extend from the front elevation to the two side façades, and then straight into the interior via a ‘tunnel’ space on the west side. this tunnel guides visitors inside while filtering out the noise from the street.

 

the aluminum strips continue past the tunnel to the landscape and to the lighting and furniture, creating a totally unified architecture. on the façade, the layered metal also functions as a shading element to keep the interiors cool.

 

inside, the exhibition space can meet a variety of display, reception, and activity needs. on the top floor, an enclosed landscape is designed as a floating island with seasonal plants, creating an urban ecological site for fireflies to flourish.

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
the aluminum strips have slightly different colors and textures

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
a tunnel guides visitors inside

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
the aluminium elevational treatment also provides shading from the sun

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
the museum aims to revive the significance of aluminum in thailand

layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
aluminum wraps around the side of the building

 

 

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layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 
layered aluminum strips evoke dandelion seeds for this museum façade in bangkok
 

project info:

 

name: MoMA
location: nonthaburi, thailand
architecture firm: HAS design and research
design team: jenchieh hung, kulthida songkittipakdee, jiaqi han, qin ye chen

aluminum façade technology: AB&W innovation co., ltd.
aluminum production consultant: goldstar metal co., ltd.
landscape design: TROP : terrains + open space
lighting design: light is
lighting product: neowave technology
constructor: SL window co., ltd.

site area: 250 sqm
gross built area: 400 sqm
completion year: 2022
photography: w workspace