Bangkok is the political and economic centre of Thailand, and home to a population of 14.5 million, and as such it offers a multi-layered urban fabric that easily accommodates interests far beyond the generic holiday scope.
For design aficionados heading to this sprawling metropolis, the newly opened premises of TCDC, or Thailand Creative + Design Center in full, are a great opportunity to size up the country’s creative power, the local scene, and become connected to interesting local entities along the way. It’s a government-backed organization that was founded in 2004 as one of five divisions under the patronage of the so-called Office of Knowledge Management and Development, and serves as Thailand’s premier learning resource center for design and creativity.
Following a lengthy renovation of the Grand Postal Building – a voluminous art deco-inspired structure erected in 1940 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and initially the headquarters of Thailand post – TCDC relocated to the venue’s back wing, enabling to enhance its services, allow a broader access of its resources, and last but not least, to further boost its purpose as a creative incubator in a much bigger space.
The back wing’s dramatic transformation, led by local practice Department of Architecture, has resulted in a series of inviting open spaces across five floors with a combined surface of approx. 9,000 sqm. [96,875 sq.ft.], featuring mixed facilities where to meet, mingle and work.
The ground floor features a spacious lobby and a boutique filed with design trophies. one floor up, you’ll find the material library, material storage, and a so-called maker space with tools and specialists that facilitate designers and entrepreneurs to turn ideas into prototypes. The third floor houses the design library and resource center, a lofty, double-floor space thats flooded in daylight, while on the top floor both meeting rooms and a roof terrace can be found.
The new home base of Thailand Creative + Design Center has been divided into six functional zones, each with a different focus and related facilities in support of the thriving local creative industry. also to be found across the premises are co-working spaces, an exhibition gallery offering a rotating program of events, a fully equipped auditorium seating up to 150 people, and a creative business center for business consulting, exchanging ideas and making new connections, in order to expand one’s business.
Design: Department of Architecture