Behind The Scenes

The art of sustainable architecture

17 November 2017 | Wonderfruit

Our ethos extends beyond our sustainable initiatives and gets infused into everything we do, make and build. Even the stages and structures that stand on our land are designed and created by architects and engineers for whom sustainable materials and techniques are the top priority.

Gregg Fleishman’s iconic Solar Stage, which lit up The Fields in February returns this December. Expect evolutions to the design, which was originally based on the Otic Oasis he built for Burning Man 2011 and is characterized by Gregg’s unique engineering techniques. It’s built almost exclusively from slotted plywood, which allows enough flex to be snapped into place at the joints when localized pressure is applied, meaning there’s no need for additional fastenings and cuts down on materials.

Adam Pollina first built The Ziggurat – everyone’s favorite spot to relax with a nice cold Singha beer – in 2015 and it’s evolved every year since. Inspired by the majestic pyramids of ancient Mesopotamia, it was created from used beer pallets, crates and boxes, bejeweled with bottle tops and carpeted with recycled plastic prayer mats. This year, its new multi-tiered layout allows for even better views of The Fields, vast light installations made from glass beer bottles will light up the night and Bangkok’s renowned street artist,  Alex Face will be creating a surprise installation inspired by Singha’s soda bottles.

Adam is also responsible for a number of other structures across The Fields, from The Quarry to Living Stage, for which the main construction element is environmentally friendly bamboo from Prachinburi province. “You’ll see bamboo frames, bamboo facades, bamboo shade structures, bamboo seating, bamboo sculptures… You get the point,” says Adam. “Beyond bamboo,” he adds, “we are also heavily recycling pre-existing elements from our previous Living Stage, in the form of cushions and pillows courtesy of Jim Thompson.” He also notes how steadily and beautifully our own bamboo trees have grown around Living Stage and hints that it’s key to this year’s design for the venue. It’ll be more intimate, with a central bar flanked by tiered, shaded seating, for a sense of community.

As for The Quarry, we have some big surprises in store this year, but, set deep within nature, our legendary early-hours venue will be defined with organic boundaries, with the natural environment incorporated to star in the nightly laser light show.

In February, we unveiled our Farm Stage, decorated spectacularly with rice and in December, all(zone) will give the space a makeover. Known for experimenting with unusual building materials and methods, they are turning Farm Stage into a community space and a stage for our Scratch Talks, with a vast shade of suspended colorful fabric, some of which come from co-presenters of the space, Jim Thompson.

But it’s not just the structures that our music acts and speakers will perform on. The art of Wonderfruit is moving and interactive too. This year, Tom Potisit’s Little Monster are back, bigger than ever – watch out as the mutated deep sea monsters are unleashed onto The Fields, to highlight the growing issue of trash in our oceans. Meanwhile, Wit Pimkanchanapong is designing an installation of paper dolls called Treehugger Token, which will represent our collective efforts to offset carbon by planting mangrove trees.

There’s plenty more besides, so get ready to immerse yourself in sustainable art.