On 27 September 2020, Copper Team composed of 4th year students in Interior Architecture program, School of Architecture and Design (SoA+D), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) won the first prize in Interior Design Contest, “New Gen Creative Living” The LIVIN Phetkasem. The following students namely Kittapong Chongtrakul, Pongpat Polsorn, Sasithorn Prombutr and Sipoom Nimmit who garnered the grand prize received a cash prize of 50,000 Baht and certificate. Also they would have a great opportunity to be interns with top designers in Thailand. In 2020, more than 300 entries were submitted and participants were trimmed down to 45 finalists from 10 institutions. Finally, KMUTT students, the Copper Team, won this competition.
Organized by Risland (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the contest was about designing a multi-purpose room with an area of over 60 square meters, located at one of the common areas of ‘The Livin Petchkasem’ condominium. KMUTT students designed their work called ‘The Livin room’, creating a balance of living to conform with the new lifestyles of society. Connection was the main concept of the project that had been portrayed on the 9th floor of The Livin Phet Kasem. It connected the people and the area together to create activities among the residents. Moreover, the variation of floor level was added as a design strategy to create a different visual perception leading to a visual connection among the residents. Also it created a visual aesthetics in a variety of Modern Retro style under blue and copper tones.
In addition, two (2) alumni of Interior Architecture program also participated in the contest. Mr. Dilok Kuwangkadilok presented the design of the multifunction room with the concept of “INSIDEOUT”, showing the connection between the interior and exterior areas to be continuous. Also, it would be able to meet the needs of users in a variety of lifestyles and to suit with the lifestyles of new generation. Outside area was designed to be more versatile as there would be many spaces suitable for doing activities. Also, there has been a transitional space connecting outside and inside. Lattice Sunshade was specially designed to help reducing heat of the sunlight from the outside as well.
Also, Ms. Lunlalit Laothanasin presented her design work called ‘Let’s move up!’, conveying the design concept of “Refresh Retreat in the World of Imagination”. It was designed by using technology called augmented reality climbing wall or virtual reality for rock climbing. Augmented reality climbing wall is an activity that everyone can do. One can do it alone or it can be a battle with friends. The person should move his/her body up and try to tap the number on an interactive wall as fast as he/she could. Also, there is a need to follow the colorful signs projected digitally onto the wall. This wall climbing is an innovative activity generated by computer technology.