Klong Toey Community Lantern

Key Facts:

Project summary: The transformation of an empty site in a dense residential area of Bangkok into a public playground, meeting and performance space.

Location: Klong Toey Lock 1-2-3, Bangkok, Thailand

Programme: Community consultation, Performance, Play

Initiator: Leva Urban Design

Project Duration: 1 year research & build – still on site

Lead in Time: 1 year with 3 weeks build

Site Area: 14.4 m2

Client Team: Klong Toey Community

Project Team: TYIN Tegnestue Architects with Students and Community

Funding Sources: Norwegian Architects

Funding Type: Sponsorship

Project Costs (Build): Labour (volunteers) £ N/A, Construction Materials: £3,625

Project Costs (Operation): Other than sponsorship for the build, all participants paid for they own accommodation and flights

Profitability/Loss: N/A

Permissions / Permits: No permissions needed

Local Links: Klong Toey Community

Publicity/advertising: TYIN

Project Evaluation:

Site Details & Ownership:
Under used sites within the community of Klong Toey, a typical slum of Bangkok with a maze of narrow walkways

Project Reach / Visitors / Target Audience:
A small scale intervention as a tool for the community to tackle some of the social issues in the area.

Problems Encountered / Overcome:
Positive activation of a site which was previously under used and habituated by drug users.

Feedback from users / staff:
Positive response from the community who took on ownership of the project by getting involved in the design and build from the initiation of the project

What next?
Playground is still there and is managed by local community

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