Bangkok turns increasingly more cultural these days. After the opening of a new City Library along Ratchadamnoen Avenue -near Khao San Road- the Thai capital witnessed this month the opening of the most expected new Thailand Creative and Design Centre. The institution was for many years located in Sukhumvit, in the Emporium Shopping Mall. The renovation and transformation of the mall into EmQuartier was an opportunity to relocate Thailand’s most prestigious design centre to a new location.
Located into the former Central Post Office, an imposing structure from the late 1930s, the brand new TCDC stretches over 9,000 m2 on five floors, comprising an auditorium, a shop, a library dedicated to design, exhibition rooms and a coffee shop. Best ot visit for travellers: a roof garden on the fifth floor with swiping views over the concrete jungle of buildings from Din Daeng to Sathorn.
The place is likely to become the new centre to Thai creativity and design. Talking to the Bangkok Post, TCDC managing director Apisit Laistrooglai declared : “We hope TCDC can serve as a tool, a mechanism to drive our creative economy forward, as well as to create more opportunities for the people”.
While the entire space is not totally finished – some construction work and interior design are still taking place- providing a feeling of emptiness, two exhibitions opened already their doors: “Creativity Onwards” takes place until September 17, looking at the evolution of Thai design from 1950s to today, through influences in daily life. Although the theme is rather interesting, the exhibition offers little exposure to this evolution and looks rather messy and incomplete.
The second exhibition is all about Thai designers working on chairs. Despite its small size, the exhibition gives a good insight about the creativity of young Thai artists.
Improvement to exhibition rooms is certainly to come. As people will probably miss for now the permanent exhibition in the old TCDC which used to trace back the history of design in the last sixty years of the Kingdom.
This is just a beginning. The new TCDC will be in fact the heart of the new Charoen Krung area, a Design and Art district with many initiatives taking shape to turn the entire area into Bangkok new “boheme” neighbourhood.
Until changes further happen, best is to enjoy the amazing roof garden and sip a coffee next to the library!
TCDC is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. Information under www.tcdc.or.th