Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
|Location||939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumawan, Bangkok 10330|
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC; Thai: หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร) is a contemporary arts centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Art, music, theatre, film, design and cultural/educational events take place in its exhibition and performance spaces. The centre includes cafes, commercial art galleries, bookshops, craft shops and an art library. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.The size of the building is over 4000 square meters. The opening time is 10:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M and is closed on Monday. It is located at 939 Rama I Road Wongmai , Patumwan opposite the MBK shopping mall. It is near the BTS: National Stadium.
In 1995, Dr.Bhichit Rattakul who was the Bangkok Governor began the project “The art center”. After agreement that The Bagkok Contemporary Art Centre should be located at Pathumwan junction , the project was stopped in 2001 when Samak Sundaravej[better source needed]became new governor because he wanted to change the project to become a commercial retail space and use the private investors. So many cultural organizations, artists, students and mass media were joined together for opposing the suspension. They had many paintings with the idea “I require Art Centre” for 4 kilometers. In 2004, Apirak Kosayodhin became the Bangkok governor. The project was presented again and the governor agreed to the original project that the Art Centre should be designed following the original. After that, the results about art and culture were collected and the mission started with vision and objective of Art Centre also examining the laws. So in the19 August 2005 “Declaration of Cooperation in the Fields of Art and Culture by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Allied Organizations in the Fields of Art and Culture” was signed at Benjasiri Park. In 2009, The Bangkok art and culture Centre was opened after many delays, arguments, and the name was changed from Art Centre to Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
The bacc aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It aims to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources from both the public and the private sectors.The main aim of BAAC is to become a place for exchanging culture. It also aims to develop a variety of art and culture among the new generation of Thai people.
Architecture and design concept
Architecture main concept
The main concept in designing the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre was to be flexible. The architecture designed the artwork to be displayed in flexible space with different light, volume and character. The building must be designed to reflect the characteristic of Thai modern Art. The building is also designed to have high space to control the natural light effectively.
The architects designed the central atrium to be important component of the building. It was designed to become a social space with much activity and public communication
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