- Jun 15, 2019
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Prasiolite State - part III - Green Crystals of Bangkok
Updated: Aug 15
/ Prasiolite State is a semi-modular outdoor architecture construction. The architecture nestled under the Skytrain track between Krung Thonburi and Wongwian Yai station. The structure itself is vegetation bearing shells that offer a variety of functions relative to the intensive forces that surround its site. These forces include the Carbon Monoxide intensity, ambient noises, heat radiation, temperature, humidity level, and wind intensity.
These are the factors that affect the formation of architectural construction. The parametric design enclosure has features that react diversely to multi forces to create a space that’s sensitive and optimal to the site they occupy.
The structure was able to perform better and better through time as nature gradually overtaking architecture and undergo the Prasiolite State.
/ The depicted site for the project is vacant land in the bottleneck part of Bangkok. Space is an undeveloped site under the Skytrain track between Krung Thonburi and Wongwian Yai station. It's a long and narrow space which situated between two sides of the busy and opposite running roads.
/ The base of the structure is to create an array of similar module polygons that packed the space between the two terminal. However, these long line of identical units reacts dissimilarly to the captured data value along the streets. These vary readings combine with the set of rules, shape up the programs inside the space, and overall form of the structure.
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Site Plan - The polygons are being packed tightly along the narrow site under Skytrain track. These polygons react diversely to the converging of data they occupied
The fabrication technique used in architectural construction is a skin-based and a thin-shell production. The surface of the installation was unique shape triangular panels assembled with custom connections.
As a result, the structure was able to form complex environmental and spatial combinations that allow endless topologically-distinct routes between any two points.
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Custom connections and joints
The combination forms into a functional space
/ The construction shell has fully parametric perforated skin designed to use as grafting tools for vegetation to latch on. The value of intensive forces and gas content in the surrounding context determines the level of consistency between individual skins as well as the placement of programs inside the space.
The inspiration obtained from features in botany called the "Stomata". They are pores, tiny openings found in the epidermis of leaves and plant tissue that allow for gas exchange.
As time progresses, nature will overtake these perforations, which in turn will help absorb and reflect these high ambient noises as well as filtering certain levels of carbon monoxide, dioxide, particles, and many more undesirable gases. /
/ The programs aim to utilize the vast space under the Skytrain track as a public space where people are free to come to exercise, relax, and join in with the community. It'll act as a recreational park in which the program inside the space was specifically designed to optimize in accordance to the area they occupy.
Programs positioning in sequential with space hierarchy
Resting Zone - A small and low interference pavilion area protected in the core center for unexposed usage and enhanced private value.
Situated in: Low Gas - Low Noise regions
Children Zone - Playground restricted to ground levels for safety precautions and height limits.
Situated in: Lowest Gas - Lowest Noise regions
Adult Zone - Playground with high verticality. Allow for a wide range of motion.
Situated in: Medium Gas - Medium Noise regions
Performance Zone - Space with most vegetation. An open area with multiuse and purpose.
Situated in: High Gas - High Noise - High sunlight radiation regions
Bus Zone - Primary access points connecting to the road on both ends.
Situated in: Highest Gas - Highest Noise regions
Heat and ventilation value create a continuous setback for the architecture
/ The architecture behaves like an organism where it's body is composed of various configurations. Its physique comprises aluminum, stainless steel, acrylic, steel net, woods, red leather-covered, and bioluminescence panels.
Each featured material plays a vital role in constructing a whole build. Aluminum and steel help stabilize the stature, timber insulates the cavity as well as offering texture and sentiments. Acrylic allow natural light to emits through the corner. The leather-covered panels diminish sharp corners with softer edges. The bioluminescence panels will absorb the energy during the daytime and brighten up internal after sundown.
All of the body composition has an objective and feature assigned to them as to where they should be to generate optimal usage in design experiences. /
Plan - The drawing shows a zoom-in portion of the space to emphasize the displacement of form and performance of the function.
Axonometric - Captures the spatial relationship between the structure and its context
The section displays the flow of intensive forces and the motion of the structure when being implemented into the context
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Mega Section - Architecture nestled under the Skytrain track between Krung Thonburi and Wongwian Yai station
Exploded Assembly - Fabrication parts, materials, components, and miscellaneous required in the construction of a single module.
The objective of Prasiolite State is achieved by experimentation on reactive architecture. To challenge innovation in design and construction like capturing sensor value, integrate computer-aided design technique, and using digital fabrication in manufacturing production. The design process helps sustain cost, labor forces, and material usage while offering higher efficiency. All of which aim to push boundaries in solving design solutions in an aesthetic and functional approach. Conclusively, to search for fresh, organic, and smart new design systems that push boundaries and mark a leap in Architecture today. /
Supervision by Patrick Donbeck
The project was published on Designboom:
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