“All(zone) is a group of happy design professionals who joyfully collaborate with specialists across the borders of their fields and country. We are fascinated by our ever-changing mega metropolis that gives a form to our everyday life. Our observations are always captured by contemporary vernacular design solutions,” says this Thai firm. The contemporary architectural era is defined in many ways, mainly “modern” coupled with the addition of the prefix “post-”, and lately completed with the extra adjective “second”.
The fact that All(zone) has decided to include concepts such as joy, fascination and everyday life in its statement helps us see the emotional, informal eye with which the new generation of architects tends to look at the world in an attempt to effectively change its paradigm, a task they undertake without turning to traditionally modernist solutions. At All(zone), the focus is on materials and colours rather than shape – see the glass-tile facade of the Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2016) – and on redesign projects rather than design from scratch.
Rachaporn Choochuey, the founder of All(zone), trained at Columbia University in New York and Tokyo University. She is developing a multifaceted architecture, interior design, and visual art practice while teaching at Chulalongkorn University. Her manifold approach is manifest all her works and well represented in Light House, an installation presented at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015. Intended for the often unfinished spaces of modern high-rise office buildings commonly found in Asian megalopolises, the project is a temporary prototypical house (plywood floor and metal grid walls lined with translucent synthetic fabric) for use as a living unit inside any abandoned, lifeless structure.