Enter Projects Asia has transformed the interiors of this art collector's gallery in Chiang Mai, a city in Northern Thailand, with its bespoke artwork interventions. The architecture firm created rattan installations in unique parametric forms meandering through the gallery space. The pool of interior pavilions, all surrounded by intricate sculptures and water features. Read more about the collection below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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This alluring art gallery in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is transformed with unique rattan structures that appear like clouds and change with the spectator's shifting perspective.
The owner, an avid collector of valuable artworks, wanted to create a more enchanting environment for these gorgeous artworks. Enter Projects Asia then enlivens the gallery with lighting and seating elements created in its signature style, which depict the wonderful amalgamation of traditional Thai craftsmanship in crating 3D geometries.
According to the Director Patrick Keane of Enter Projects Asia, "We sought to create an immersive experience, giving the space a warmth and depth uncharacteristic of conventional art galleries."
Dynamic Rattan Structures
The three-dimensional rattan structures are designed using specialty software, which imitates the movement of clouds and streams. Therefore, the installations inside and outside the gallery seem like they are twisting through it, culminating in a group of three "Pod Structures" measuring 3.5 meters (11.5 feet), 4 meters (13 feet), and 5 meters (16.4 feet) high.
The architect describes the project as a state of flux. "An endless change and transformation, a continual passage of movement, guided by nature and the natural forms embodied in the composition of the rattan," he says.
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The structure was prefabricated in the factory and then transported to the site in Chiang Mai and assembled on-site.
"The rattan lighting structure was the final installment, providing integration between interior and exterior as it floats harmoniously above the different zones, connecting courtyard to dining and through to the display areas," says the architect.
A Sustainable Option
The idea was to use something sustainable that does not have an adverse impact on the environment. The firm says that 'nature provides the versatility of natural materials like rattan, grown in abundance all over South East Asia.'
That is the reason it has been used in the creation of sculptures. "It is not hard to be sustainable in construction if we adapt to our environment," Patrick Keane says. "Why would we use synthetic, toxic plastics when we have all the noble materials we need at our fingertips," he asks.
Architecture Firm: Enter Projects Asia
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Size: 2,000 square meters
Completion: September 2022