thingsmatter is a design studio committed to engaging with architecture as both critical discipline and fine art; as an instrument for cultural enlightenment beyond economic gain.

Early work in Bangkok includes temporary interventions in commercial spaces, which criticize aspects of consumer culture, while celebrating the material extravagance and diverse audiences that only shopping malls can provide. Recent work extends the working method, tactility, and human scale of thingsmatter’s event architecture to more conventional buildings, including private residences that offer public statements on the nature of the built environment.

Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker founded thingsmatter in 2001, after studying architecture at Princeton University. In Bangkok, they have taught, lectured, and conducted workshops at Chulalongkorn, Silpakorn, Kasetsart, Rangsit, and Bangkok Universities. Overseas, they've lectured about their work at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, and several international conferences.

We look forward to working with you.

"Live to Work", Dwell's profile of thingsmatter and aTypical Shophouse.
thingsmatter in Dwell magazine
thingsmatter co. ltd,
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Prakanong Nua, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

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A house for two siblings, defined by four massive parallel walls separating three voids. In the middle is a shared space for living and circulation, with bedrooms and workrooms on either side. Service functions are contained within the thickness of walls. Cast-in-situ concrete acknowledges midcentury European Brutalism, informed by contemporary connotations and realities of the local construction industry. Textured walls contrast with the smooth finishes of Bangkok's commercial environments: after a day in malls and office buildings, béton brut is cozy, not cold.

Visually light materials envelope the voids left between concrete masses. Sliding wood screens, with blinds and foliage, serve to block excess sunlight and provide privacy from the street, while retaining the airiness of the voids. A stair formed within one of the concrete walls yields to a sleek steel bridge across the central void.

published in:                 

Elle Decoration, February 2013
d&D, March 2013
Baan Lae Suan, May 2013
Room Magazine, August 2013
art4d, December 2013
Singapore Architect #281, June 2014

Habitus #32, July-September 2016


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