Internet Café in Bangkok
Dating from the 1970s, this corner building in the centre of Bangkok is decorated with red letters that spell the names of cities all over the world. The first branches of the Cyberia Internet-café chain were opened in England. As a result of their success, they have spread throughout the world. The architects have designed numerous cafés in Europe. In the conversion of the present building, which was formerly used as a car showroom, the main criterion was to make access to the Web as simple as possible for Thai visitors. The bar, for example, is situated immediately next to the entrance, so that one can observe the computer activities over a drink before reaching for the mouse oneself. The computer stations, in a cheerful yellow colour, are fixed to the ceiling via a system of rails and can be adjusted to any position. On the street side, screening is provided by polycarbonate walls, the cells of which are filled with yellow, orange and red liquids. The walls create a sense of privacy and at the same time filter the bright light, while still allowing a view out. At night, the walls gleam in warm orange tones and arouse the curiosity of passers-by.