Wedding Venue Found / PHTAA Living Design
Text description provided by the architects. Found’s architecture is based on the use and reinterpretation of classic columns, capitals and cornices sourced from Nothasin, a former concrete stucco workshop in Bangkok known for its furniture and materials stores. The backyard of the shop was filled with the remains of columns and capitals of many styles. Some of the columns had been carved to wrap around others. In another corner, to show what could be ordered, cornices were mounted together on a wall in a way that made them look like a work of art.
Stucco, a building material composed of aggregates, a binder and water, is used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. It has its origin in ancient times with Greek and Roman culture and its popularity has remained until recently as a “classical style”. Unfortunately, it is often used inappropriately, either in the wrong context (eg to show wealth) or on the wrong scale (eg in home architecture), therefore has become less popular due to these associations. We were interested in introducing stucco in a new way, with different uses and patterns in a style we call “AUTHENTIC FAKE”.
Found’s spaces are sequenced and separated based on the flow of guests, from arrival to seats in the main lobby. After the deposit sculpture, there are three nodes where guests stop: a photo gallery, a guest registration desk with a registration book, and a space where guests can be photographed with the bride and groom. The distances between the nodes are more or less long depending on the time spent at each node to control the movement of people. The fall sculpture is done by carving out space from a group of columns, while the nodes use columns next to each other to create circular walls.
In another area, a “column garden” was created with columns made up of five types of capitals stacked on top of each other and then arranged in a grid. It is a space that customers can explore and take photos. Between the column garden and the sequenced nodes is a multipurpose courtyard, which also contains the staircase and the balcony for the bride to throw the bouquet after the wedding.
The main hall, with two stages for wedding and engagement ceremonies, has a capacity of 260 guests. Again, the columns are lined up side by side to create a textured interior wall of the room. Functional support rooms, such as the bride’s and guest’s bedrooms, catering facilities and storage, are located behind the main wedding stage.
All in all, these are memorable and dreamlike spaces, with a color and texture similar to fresco painting. The playful use of the classical column, usually reserved for buildings of importance, adds to the ceremonial quality of the design without being a pastiche of classical architecture.