Vanachai are producers of engineered wood products, they are one of Thailand’s largest manufacturers creating products such as MDF, HDF and particle board. This is their corporate office space, created by the Thai architectural firm Open Box. The design brief required a balancing act between using enough of the client’s own building materials to reflect the corporate identity and trust in its own products, but at the same time not limiting the scope of the design. According to Jenny Brewer of OnOffice:
The atrium reaches up through the full height of the building’s four floors, with a statement staircase connecting them. Angular, irregular and grand, with a definite Escher-like optical illusion effect enhanced by the use of a single material and the clashing lines of its wood grain, the staircase is the project’s pièce de résistance, and shows how a common material can be transformed in the hands of a lateral thinker.