Credits: Picture by © TYIN Tegnestue Architects
|Name||Klong Toey Community Lantern|
|Sector||Urban regeneration, public space, community building|
|Year of beginning||2011|
|People involved||TYIN Tegnestue Architects, Klong Toey Community and Link Arkitektur & Ratio Arkitekter.|
|Object||Klong Toey is currently the largest and oldest areas of informal dwellings in Bangkok. More than 140.000 people is estimated to live here, and most are living in sub-standard houses with few or no tenure rights or support from the government.
The TYIN Tegnestue Architects together with students and the community of Klong Toey and the sponsorship of Link Arkitektur & Ratio Arkitekter have designed and revitalized this public space in the heart of the neighbourhood. In addition to the main function as a football court and a public playground the project will work as a tool for the community to tackle some of the social issues in the area. A crucial factor in the continuation of the project is that the Klong Toey Community Lantern will be part of a long term strategy. This project is part of a development on a larger scale, and it has to be considered as a small contribution that might lead to positive change. With the local connection established both in the local community and a professional network in Thailand the project has greater chances of having a social sustainability.
The year long preparation period allowed the team to design and build the structure in as little as three weeks. During this period the project team got involved with the community through interviews, workshops and public meetings. The design of the structure is a combination of many basic ideas and concepts, and embodies several of the features lacking in the area including new hoops for basketball, a stage for performances or public meetings, walls for climbing and seating both inside and around the edges of the playground.