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Design Diaries Vaju Virajslip

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The Design Diaries
- Vasu Virajsilp

Design Diaries

  • Words Vidula Kotian
  • Date 06 September 2019

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.

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“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.”


Vasu Virajsilp

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.


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.


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Who or what are your biggest influences?

Art, people, and traveling.

Have you ever changed your mind about anything aesthetics-wise?

Not that I remember.

Describe your dream project, real or fantasy.

Museum in a desert.

Design Diaries Vasuj Virajsilp

Wood or concrete?
Concrete.

Beach or mountain?
Beach.

Modern or classic?
Modern.

Morning or evening?
Evening.

Design Diaries Vasuj Virajsilp View

What’s the last thing you read that made you feel something?

Art4d Magazine

What are you currently working on?

Three resorts, two hotel towers, a house for an artist, and a church community project.

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.

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Design Diaries Vasuj Virajsilp Stairs
Design Diaries Vasuj Virajsilp Portrait 02

City or country?
City.

Jazz or classical?
Jazz.

Drama or comedy?
Drama.

Dancing or hiking?
Hiking.

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