bangkok: tcdc relocation

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as the capital city of a hugely popular tropical playground, interesting facets of bangkok may be overlooked by most, but certainly not by those wielding superfuture's pinpoint navigation skills. the metropolitan region is the political and economic centre of thailand and home to a population of 14.5 million, and as such it offers a multi-layered urban fabric that easily accommodates interests far beyond the generic holiday scope. for design aficionados heading to this sprawling metropolis, the newly opened premises of tcdc, or thailand creative + design center in full, are a great opportunity to size up the country's creative power, the local scene, and become connected to interesting movers and shakers along the way.

it's a government-backed organization that was founded in 2004 as one of five divisions under the patronage of the so-called office of knowledge management and development, and serves as thailand’s premier learning resource center for design and creativity. following a lengthy renovation of the grand postal building – a voluminous art deco-inspired structure erected in 1940 on the banks of the chao phraya river, and initially the headquarters of thailand post – tcdc relocated to the venue's back wing, enabling to enhance its services, allow a broader access of its resources, and last but not least, to further boost its purpose as a creative incubator in a much bigger space.

the back wing's dramatic transformation, led by local practice department of architecture, has resulted in a series of inviting open spaces across five floors with a combined surface of approx. 9,000 sqm. [96,875 sq.ft.], featuring mixed facilities where to meet, mingle and work. the ground floor features a spacious lobby and a boutique filed with design tropies. one floor up, you'll find the material library, material storage, and a so-called maker space with tools and specialsts that facilitate designers and entrepreneurs to turn ideas into prototypes. the third floor houses the design library and resource center, a lofty, double-floor space thats flooded in daylight, while on the top floor both meeting rooms and a roof terrace can be found.

the new homebase of thailand creative + design center has been divided into six functional zones, each with a different focus and related facilities in support of the thriving local creative industry. also to be found across the premises are co-working spaces, an exhibition gallery offering a rotating program of events, a fully equipped auditorium seating up to 150 people, and a creative business center for business consulting, exchanging ideas and making new connections, in order to expand one's business. location: grand postal building, 1160 thanon charoenkrung [chao phraya].

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