The Design Diaries
— Vasu Virajsilp

Interview by

Vidula Kotian

The award-winning studio VaSLab’s formula for head-turning masterpieces is simple: create unexpected spaces taking into account the vernacular traditions and culture. The studio’s principle architect, the Pratt Institute graduate Vasu Virajsilp conceives structures that defy the boundary between sculpture and architecture.

DESIGN STATS: Co-founded the leading Bangkok-based architectural practice VaSLab.
SIGNATURE STYLE: Juxtaposing angular, monolithic structures against a lush, tropical landscaping.
DESIGN MOTTO: Moving architecture beyond the ‘form-and-function’ approach to where art and architecture meet, where the language of design is timeless and monumental.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love bare concrete walls as they hide nothing and reveal the truth of the material. I especially like the imperfections as they also remind me of humanity’s faults.”
WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW: He was struggling to get good grades at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, trying to stick to the style that he liked, so he decided to drop out in the third year and transferred to the Pratt Institute in New York where he graduated with honors.
DESIGN HOTEL MEMBERS: Casa de la Flora and Mason

Q: Who or what are your biggest influences? 
Art, people, and traveling.

Q: Have you ever changed your mind about anything aesthetics-wise?
Not that I remember.

Q: Describe your dream project, real or fantasy.
Museum in a desert.

Q: What’s the last thing you read that made you feel something?
Art4d Magazine

Q: Without thinking too hard, which do you choose:
—Wood or concrete? Concrete
—Beach or mountain? Beach
—Modern or classic? Modern
—Morning or evening? Evening
—City or country? City
—Jazz or classical? Jazz
—Drama or comedy? Drama
—Dancing or hiking? Hiking

Q: Are you currently working on?
Three resorts, two hotel towers, a house for an artist, and a church community project.

Q: Is there a building or product that strikes you as particularly well-designed or innovative?
Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier is always the masterpiece for me. Lately, I admire Herzog de Mueron’s buildings like the Tate Modern and Tai Kwun.

Friday, September 6th, 2019