Worapong Manupipatpong wants to bring out the inner child of visitors to the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. A wizard of timber, the Thai designer constructed a simple indoor treehouse called the Shelter of Nostalgia that allows adults and children alike to nurture their imagination. Part of the Politics of Me exhibition, the shelter will be on display through the end of August.
Of simple timber construction, the multi-level Shelter of Nostalgia features three main hideaway spots that are large enough for big and small people. The fundamental idea of the clean, smooth structure, which is wrapped like a vine around a central beam, is to re-create the tendency of small children to seek out small private spaces in which to hatch wild fantasies.
The pitched A-frame mini-rooms are of varying size, allowing for each group sessions or total privacy. It isn’t certain what will become of the shelter once the exhibition comes to a close, but the homogenous and recyclable materials are easily disassembled for re-use elsewhere. How fun. We wouldn’t mind having one of these in our home.