Project 3: "Collective Habitat: ASEAN Housing" by Trai Praditpong

Asean Economic Community or AEC will open up in 2015. It allows people within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN to travel and work within the region more freely. ASEAN consist of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. AEC is believed to help promote the overall economic, social and cultural within the region and create a stronger place of the region within the world.

Thailand has received a large number of immigrants from the neighboring countries, especially from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. This is because Thailand is located around the central of the region and the overall economic and minimal wage is better compare to their birthplace. At present, there is an estimation of three millions immigrants in Thailand, the majority of them are from Asean community. To counter the rise of people coming to Thailand to find jobs when AEC happen, more public housings are needed.

The site is located along Rachadaphisek road. The area contain 3 different highway system that could lead to all part of Bangkok. The area allow easy accessibility to all parts of the city. Majority of land under the highway are not occupied. Sometimes, it is used as parking space or small soccer court. The idea was to maximise the usage of the precious land for housing for Asean people.

 The building is built exactly next to highway where noise from vehicle travelling throughout the day might be a serious disturbance. Therefore, 3 layers of facade are design to reduce the noise from the busy highway by reflecting the noise away using panels of glass. However, the glass have gaps to allow some ventilation through the building. The glass itself also allow vision from inside to outside and vice versa. 

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The idea of the glass panel came from the previous part of the project. I used trapezoid shape to design my beam and wall, which in the end I applied the idea to the glass facade. However, I broke down the trapezoid into 3 triangles. The different pieces of identical triangle glass would combined randomly and create many other shape and sizes of the trapezoid itself.