We!Park is one of the platforms created by Shma. With the aim to gather knowledge resources from experts, available space resources and the participation of local people to create accessible green spaces for everyone and to develop We!park as a mediation platform to create green spaces spreading throughout the city. The main aim is to create an accessible green space every 400 metres.
在过去的一年里，We!Park是一个活跃的绿色公共空间发展平台，一直专注于解决城市问题，通过分配知识，理解和参与，与多元化的网络和合作伙伴在各个层面，将废弃区域变成人们和社区的绿色公共空间。以此作为参与式空间开发的一个例子，听取居民们的意见，共同设计空间。去年年底，Shma将位于曼谷Bang Rak区华南蓬寺前的四个空闲场地之一改造为新的We! Park，并以”华南蓬Rukkhaniwet公园“命名，正式开放服务。这是第一个推出的区域，在每个阶段都非常成功。
In the previous year, we!park, an active platform for green public space development, has been focusing on solving city problems by allocating knowledge, understanding, and engagement at every level with diversified networks and partners in order to turn abandoned areas into green public spaces for people and communities. Using this as an example of participatory space development where opinions from stakeholders are heard and the spaces are designed together. At the end of last year, one of the four vacant areas in Soi in front of Wat Hua Lamphong, Bang Rak District, was completed and on behalf of "We! Park", we officially opened for service under the name 'Wat Hua LamphongRukkhaniwet Park' This is the first launched area, successfully completed in every stage.
'Wat Hua LamphongRukkhaniwet Park' is an empty plot of land with an area of 1,048 square meters, located in the alley in front of Wat Hua Lamphong. A land that the private sector has given to the state for development. Due to the fact that it is located in a highly developed and dense neighborhood, it is a link between the Rama IV Road and Surawong Road, the site is surrounded by condominiums, residential buildings, temples, schools, restaurants, office buildings, hotels and shopping malls. However, the area in the alley is also a residential area of the local community where the neighboring communities are 'the community behind Wat Hua Lamphong'. In close proximity with important roads, schools, train and subway stations, it becomes a potential area to be developed into a green public space, both for local people and passerbys.
From surveys and interviews, we have established the design concept of 'The garden next door', with the objective of creating a park for the community where there is a space for everyone. The area is divided into 3 main parts: 1. The hill next to the house, the tree pavilion and the pavilion next to the house, serves as an area for relaxing such as sitting, walking and listening to music. 2. The lawn next door, an area that encourages movement activities or exercises such as running, playing different types of sports, and stretchings. 3. Homework lawn is an area for educational activities. All of the aforementioned elements are designed to have the flow of activities to be able to support a wide range of applications, for example, the hill beside the house and the lawn next to the house is a contiguous area that can be used for community gathering activities, an outdoor exhibition space or natural classrooms for schools in the community.
For the park to become ‘the garden next door’, therefore, an interesting physical form of the community, such as the pattern from the fence of the condominium in the area, has been integrated into the design. To make it look harmonious with the original building, a permeable surface is used to absorb water to prevent waterlogging including filtering and slowing down rainwater or water flows before it enters the soil or water sources. In addition, a selection of local plants to suit the weather conditions has been applied to the park. By trying to choose a type that is non-toxic or easily irritating for children and the elderly, it also provides various benefits such as colourful folk flowers that attract birds and butterflies, a large tree that provides shade, smells pleasant, helps trap dust, and a group of local herbs that can be eaten for benefit the body. There is also the preservation of the original Bodhi tree in the area, to maintain the values and relationships of people in the community.
In the near future, this park will be a small green public space that helps contribute shade, alleviate the effects of the urban heat island phenomenon, as well as help slow and filter the runoff before it enters the city's water treatment system. Maintaining ecosystem biodiversity, indigenous plants, as well as being a habitat for small animals. Socially, the park will serve as a social gathering area for local residents to create a sense of belonging through long-term management of the park by the community and stakeholders. Applications of the park are designed to support the use specifically of this particular community to facilitate the elderly in the neighborhood and students from surrounding schools. A space where they can perform activities outside the classroom or wait for parents after school hours. Overall, the park aims to promote the connection between people in the community who can use the space together.
we!park x Shma would like to invite everyone to come and join us at Wat Hua Lamphong Rukkhaniwet Park. As a new green public space in the heart of the city which has officially opened for service this year.
Landscape Designer :Shma Company Limited
Landscape Designer: ShmaSoen
Activities :Sonjai House
Information Provider :mor and farmer
Partnered with :
Faculty of Architecture KasetsartUniversity ,
Faculty of Landscape Architecture Chulalongkorn University,
Thai media fund
Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Green bangkok 2030
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)
Media : City Cracker