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Filter Machine

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Project Title: Filter Machine

Condition: Conceptual

Date: 12/2019

/ Filter Machine is an outdoor bio-scaffolding architecture constructed with bamboo. The structure is an experiential space that also functions as a stage and an amphitheater. The architecture is an early concept that has been proposed to install inside the event Wonderfruit 2019.

/ The concept of Filter Machine reaches the concern of the persisting PM2.5 pollution crisis in Thailand during the past year.

PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter that has a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair.

Since they are so small and light, they tend to stay longer in the air than heavier particles. This increases the chances of humans and animals inhaling them into the bodies. Owing to their minute size, particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers are able to bypass the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs and some may even enter the circulatory system.

Studies have found a close link between exposure to fine particles and premature death from heart and lung disease. Fine particles are also known to trigger or worsen chronic diseases such as asthma, heart attack, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems.

The menacing source of PM2.5 smoke problem in Thailand primarily comes from Vehicle exhaust emissions, manufacturing industries, biomass burning, followed by power plants and residential. /

/ The form of the architecture captures the essence of the human respiratory system, a lung that typically filters in a huge capacity of air equivalent to a small-size inflatable swimming pool each day.

The architecture behaves like a giant lung, circulating through it are deadly mixed breed particulate matters that are much smaller, metaphorically human.

We are the cause and contamination.

The ground floor of the structure emphasizes the deepest and most delicate part of the lungs, which even so can hardly stop PM2.5.

The atmosphere here is dark, cramped, and uncomfortable.

Contrast to the higher section, which is bright, clear, and unobstructed.

The goal is to summit the architecture. Find your way through the maze.

But as we continue to ascend through the dark and cramped space to resolve the crisis that we so carelessly created.

We'll struggle for fresh air and natural light as we're trying to reach salvation that might lie above.


Supervision by ThorKaichon

Thorkaichon is an expert in bamboo architecture and temporary installation art. He does remarkable bamboo construction, bamboo design, bamboo treatment, bamboo products, and all about bamboo. Check out his adventurous work at

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