Bangkok-based Fatt Studio has recently designed the office and retail interior of a multi-interest business firm. Located in the Wang Thonlang district, 15km from central Bangkok, the four-storey 490m² office sits along the Sriwara Road, surrounded by many businesses by young entrepreneurs.
“We were handed this half-done project in late 2016,” says the design team. “At first, the layout was typical but did not respond to the programme.”
On the first floor, the layout was adjusted to expand the car park. With the clear height below the beam being about 2.5 metre, the space was cramped for a reception and shop, so the team suspended four layers of metal grids from the ceiling instead of leaving it flat. A waiting area was carved out in front of the cosmetic flagship store which can be used by customers for pick-ups and returns, while products are displayed along the corridor.
Behind a big door, the team installed a semi-outdoor metal staircase leading to the upper floor to make the staff movement in the space smoother. The fire staircase at the back of the building was redesigned for letting natural light come through. By removing the previous staircase which connected to the second floor, more space was created for customers to walk around the clothing the shop. Additionally, two toilets were shrunk into one powder room. At the centre, the slim frames carry the main staircase and enhance a whole building. On the other side, the white metal shelf does not only display the products, but it is also the stair structure.
A quarter of the third floor was reconfigured and left open for the showroom beneath. The owners’ working room next to the void connects with the meeting room at the back through an adjustable door. The suspended fluorescent pendants light up the work area within the office. At the back of the fourth floor are a pantry, storage and two shower rooms. The remaining of this floor looks like it was split into a bar and office but during work hours, staff can utilise the whole area, and even make use of the bed in the space to take a nap.