Labyrinth. 10Cal Tower by Supermachine Studio


PROJECT 10Cal Tower
ARCHITECTS Supermachine Studio
LOCATION Bangsaen, Thailand
YEAR 2014
PHOTO Wison Tungthunya

The project is part of the celebration of Siam Cement Group (SCG), the biggest construction materials producer in Thailand, for the company’s 100 year anniversary.
Supermachine Studio and 2 other renowned Thai architects are invited to propose a public facility which will be realized dedicating for a community in Thailand.
The site chosen is a seaside public park built many years ago in Bangsaen, a coastal town 100 km. east of Bangkok. 3 structures are to be built in the same area; a library by DBALP, a multi-purpose pavilion by DEPT. and a playground by Supermachine Studio.
labyrinth-10cal-tower-by-supermachine-studio_platform-2The project was started by questioning performances of generic playgrounds today which are facilities for the youngsters to spend time actively and the adult left aside being passive. Parents and their children are in the same space but their relationships are somewhat awkward. Can we redefine it into a meeting place where they spend time together and relationships in the family are reinforced?
Our proposal for a community playground is a stacking concrete labyrinth that offers many possibilities for children and adults to climb around.
The structure offers some tens of combinations of routes for families to redefine their relationships. Playing hide and seek in the labyrinth is, for us, an activity that allow parents to spend more time with their kids. The tower is named after the energy one will use to travel up the structure.
Walking with normal speed from bottom to top of the tower will consume 10 Calories. Being placed in the tree line beside existing public park, the spiral staircase will perform an observation tower overlooking the sport activities happening in the park as well as the sea slightly further. The tower also allows existing and new plantation to penetrate to its voids.
Through time it will be camouflaged into crowns of trees letting people travel up and down to explore their relationships with green.

Pitupong Chaowakul was born in Ubonratchathani, a small town 600 Kilometers east of Bangkok, Thailand. He moved to Bangkok when he was 11 for further education. He earned his degree in Architecture from School of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and moved to Singapore to work for a year. In 2003, he got his Master degree in Architecture from the Berlage Institute of Architecture, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In between his graduate study, he worked with Nox architect in Rotterdam for a year.
He founded the design studio by himself in 2009, called Supermachine Studio. The office is constantly doing various types of design projects. Supermachine Studio’s works have recently been recognized and published internationally. In 2012, their works are selected to be part of Thailand’s pavilion exhibition at Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy.
In 2014, their project, BUSAC (Bangkok University Student Activity Center) won the 1st Archmarathon in Milan, Italy for education building category.

Main projects
Bangkok University Student Activity Center, Bangkok
Mercury Ville, Bangkok
Big Mountain Music Festival 1-6
Saatchi & Saatchi Bangkok
Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, Bangkok
Harbormall, Cholburi, Thailand
Wyne Sales Gallery, Bangkok