In hectic Bangkok, in the neighbourhood of Thonglor is a haven called Patom Organic Living. A project by Nita Yuvaboon and Prow Puttorngul, founders of the architecture studio Nitaprow. The project houses a 25 seat café and a showroom for Patom body care products. Patom Organic products come from raw materials produced and cultivated at the Patom Organic Farm in Nakorn Pathom province in Thailand.
The store is built on a slightly raised mound covered in wild grass, moss and ferns, surrounded by more plants and existing fruit trees. The building is made of a wooden and glass box shaped structure. Separated from this outer structure, in the middle, a curved element and spiral staircase to a mezzanine, gather all the necessary services, such as a small kitchen, prepping area and bathrooms. The combination of the plants and curved element’s softness balance the sharpness of the glass and rectangular shape.
The project translates Patom Organic Living into arquitecture. Among luxurious vegetation, the wooden frame glass building hides and stands out at the same time.
From the outside, the building hides in its environment thanks to the reflection of its surroundings on the large windows. The building appears noticed to passersby allowing them to see all the way through the building. But it reappears by giving a glimpse of the life and happenings of the inside. Inside a generous and unique space hosts both the coffeeshop and the showroom. It almost takes the costumer to the Patom Organic farm through the wooden structure that refers to its coconut and palm trees and large windows and high ceiling that almost erase the building.
This place was created to raise and ecological awareness and sustainable life within the city. As part of the program, in the garden and in the building, are held workshops and a farmers market. True to this, the wooden structure is made out of reclaimed Redwood and Tabak wood recovered from the owner’s old and abandoned houseboat. Just as most of the furniture elements that also come from reused materials. The tree trunks that form the base of some tables were collected from fallen trees at the farm. Café tables and chairs were refurbished from the owner’s furniture collection.
Photos by Anak Navaraj