Our team was invited to help the municipality to study and propose future public space development on Ko Yuan, a small island with a small settlement at the beginning of Thailand’s most important river—the Chao Phraya River.
To appreciate this seem-to-be-forgotten area, we visited the place and recorded its beauty and significant location.
The southern tip of the island is the perfect view to see the sunset beyond the landmark Dechatiwong Bridge.
The field of blossoming sun hemp creates seasonal beauty and refresh atmosphere for the local. The Red Indian teepee is a part of a festival that will occur in the following weekend.
Down from the steep riverbank, it is a common sight to see locals spending their quiet time fishing in the water.
A part of cultural landscape/riverscape here—old industrial establishment left abandoned and boat transportation with the long-tailed motorboat.
Life on the river—actually there are a few of this kind of boathouse where locals utilize the river while maintain their friendliness to environment.
Tadao Ando talks about his first building in New York City – 152 Elizabeth Street Residences in Pundersons Gardens’s video from NOWNESS. It’s a seven-story luxury condominium in Nikita neighborhood.
“I would like to create something only a Japanese person could do,” explains Ando. At the same time this place is “where you most feel, ‘I’m living in New York.'” Water and Light were treated like living things to make one feels alive. Glass, steel, and concrete are the choice of materials representing the 20th Century.
Ando, 1995 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, is a true fighter. He fought in the ring with about a dozen professional boxers when he was 15 years old, and he has been fighting ever since – in many arenas including personal health and in architectural practice.
All images are stills from Gardens’s NOWNESS video available on Vimeo.
“Tadao Ando: Ichigoni 152” by Pundersons Gardens – NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.
Sao Hin Crossing
This border crossing, at the red pin in the picture, is now only a control point with nearly no settlement, only a small army camp at the border. The nearest village is about 3 km. further south. The road to this point is mainly dirt road, with certain parts being shallow streams. Thus, the best vehicle to take you there is a 4-wheeler only. Along the 40-km. dirt/stream roadway, there are other farmimg villages occupying lands at the valleys where the main stream is running – you can see the light patches running down in the photo.
Here are a few of the villages’ agricultural settlement along the road and the stream to the crossing point.
Currently, Professor Silpa Bhirasri’s court, the heart of Silpakorn University, Wang Thapra, is a much more impressive space with 89 paintings of the late King Bhumibol. Artists from the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, including professors, students, and alumni, have come together, full-hearted, to stay days and nights painting large-size images of King Bhumibol in his activities through his almost 90 years of life and 70 years as the King of Thailand. People from everywhere went through tunnel of construction site’s protection shelter and construction activities which are going on while the campus is under renovation to see these paintings. They must only be installed here to truly express our gratitude and respect to our eternal King.
To see a spherical immersive view of the space, you can visit my post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thana/posts/10209382270926002.
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