Rediscover tradition. Aluminum Grotto and Public Ground by HAS design and research

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HAS design and research. Lead architects.- Jenchieh Hung, Kulthida Songkittipakdee.
Project team
Jenchieh Hung, Kulthida Songkittipakdee, Saralchana Pueakhachen, Muze Ouyang, Jiamin Yang.
Structure consultant.- Buncha Layangkoon.
Lighting consultant.- Light Is.
Aluminum production.- KIN Thailand.
Structure production.- Pacific Pipe Co., Ltd.
Lighting production.- Neowave Technology.
Bangkok Canvas.
Bangkok, Thailand.

Jenchieh Hung, Kulthida Songkittipakdee. Hung And Songkittipakdee (HAS)

Hung And Songkittipakdee (HAS)  is a based Bangkok architecture practice founded by Jenchieh Hung and Kulthida Songkittipakdee. The firm explores Asia’s architectural language through a “design + research” parallel approach; it emphasizes the analogy of nature and man-made nature, looking for another kind of new natural architecture through the city’s own derivatives, named “The Improvised, MANufAcTURE and Chameleon Architecture”. HAS work encompasses cultural buildings, religious architecture, installation art, exhibition design and experimental projects; and HAS research includes the train and railway markets, the charming roadside vendors, the borderless illegal constructions under the elevated freeways, and the roundabouts of dead alleys. These interesting scenes typically exist in Asian cities, where temporary structure truly reveals how people can find a “new” nature in the reinforced concrete city.

HAS developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, and their work stands out in terms of its synthesis of form, pattern, material and technology into singular, irreducible constructions. They have been widely recognized for their innovative work and received awards and honours including Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2022, Thailand Prestige Award 2021, Designer of the Year Award 2019, Design Star Award 2018, Distinguished Alumni Award 2016, WA Award 2014, art4d Design Award 2012, National Golden Award for Architecture 2011.

Jenchieh Hung started his career working at the Japanese firm Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA), where he became design manager and project in-charge in 2018. During his tenure at KKAA, Hung was responsible for Yangcheng Lake Tourist Transportation Center in Suzhou and Shipyard 1862 in Shanghai. At present, he is the principal architect of HAS design and research, founder of Chinese-Thai Research Studio, associate editor of the International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design, and member of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage. Hung received a Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning with 1st Honor Award from Chung Hua University, a Master of Architecture with Best Research Paper Award from National Cheng Kung University and a full scholarship for an advanced master program at Czech Technical University in Prague.

Kulthida Songkittipakdee is a registered Thai architect. She was the first Asian architect among thousand of applications worldwide to be awarded the scholarship of Renzo Piano Foundation working at Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) in Paris. During her tenure at RPBW, she was involved in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Columbia University and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Expansion. At present, she is the principal architect of HAS design and research, guest editor of Taiwan Architecture, and member of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage. Songkittipakdee received a Bachelor of Architecture with honours from Chulalongkorn University, and she pursued studies abroad and obtained a Master of Urban Design from the L’Ecole National Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-la-Villette including the exchange program study at School of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University in Denmark.



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