Vespa Playground @ the Grand Postal
Bangkok is a city filled with dispersed, neglected, abandoned spaces. Rather than to see them as impractical leftovers, we choose to envision them as spaces with potential to be repurposed as meaningful venues for the community. Through the transformational potential of architecture and design, we seek opportunities to enhance these leftover spaces with interventions with the power to become destinations in their own right. Playgrounds, or playscapes, being typically outdoor public places enabling play are well positioned to bring a diverse demographic to an area and by so doing activate its immediate surroundings. We see these objects of play as an opportunity to launch a long-term city-wide project with the objective of revitalizing communities and leftover spaces in Bangkok. At Bangkok Design Week 2020, with the sponsorship by Vespa Thailand, Imaginary Objects is launching the campaign with three ‘Vespa Playgrounds’ situated in three locations around Bangkok: the Grand Postal Building in Charoenkrung, the Old Siam Plaza in Sam Yot, and the Green Bridge in Ruamrudee Community. Imaginary Objects is a design studio in pursuit of transformative environments, where experience is the motive of design. We operate at the intersection of form, infrastructure and program and across scales, from artifacts to urbanism.