November 27, 2017
One of the most influential voices in Bangkok, architect Duangrit Bunnag is responsible for some of Thailand’s most innovative buildings.
His work spans shopping malls and award-winning resorts to pet projects like hip hangout The Jam Factory and recently opened gallery-design-community space Warehouse 30. Duangrit is also a driving force behind the Creative District, an eclectic, vibrant riverside area near Charoen Krung Road. We chat to him about his starry career and beloved hometown.
It was a 40-year process. From a young age, I found that art, design and architecture responded well to my nature. I did a degree in architecture without realising how hard it would be, though!
One word: authenticity. Whatever I do, in design or business, it has to be authentic.
To listen. Once I changed my approach and really started to listen to people, and what they wanted and needed, it completely opened up my world.
Anything that’s not me. That sounds a bit vague but, when I’m working for other people, as opposed to myself, it is their perspective that’s fundamental to my design.
Everything! I love Bangkok. I love that it’s loud, unplanned, and chaotic. It’s diverse and coherent at the same time. I love the food, the people, the river – I hate most of the architecture, but I’m okay with that.
The people who are governing the city; they have no clue about what people want. And the traffic. Bangkok needs to become more environmentally aware.
Anything on or along the river. The relationship between the river and the city is unique and it’s something us Bangkokians are very proud of. Bangkok also boasts some good museums and art collections. The Bangkok City Gallery is a favourite of mine.
I often eat at The Jam Factory’s Never Ending Summer, but I also love the Old Town‘s smaller alleyways, where you’ll find everything from barbecued pork and noodles to local Thai food. Wander away from the busy main roads and you’ll stumble across some amazing street food stalls.
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Get the latest articles and exclusive discounts delivered straight to your inbox. Unsubscribe any time.