In 1782, Bangkok grew to become the capital of Siam – as Thailand was beforehand recognized. Its strategic place inside the protecting curve of Chao Phraya River to the West and the huge, swampy delta of the Sea of Mud that secured town to the East was key. King Rama I modelled the brand new metropolis on what had been the city reference of Thailand for the reason that 14th century: Ayutthaya, which by 1700 had develop into the most important metropolis on the earth with a complete of 1 million inhabitants.
Bangkok progressively noticed the development of temples (wats), faculties, libraries and hospitals. Nonetheless, few different typologies have been erected and town lacked important paved streets. As a substitute, the river and a community of interconnected canals served because the transport infrastructure of town. With time, the floating homes anchored alongside the riverfront decreased and the pavements unfold.
If the 20th century noticed the creation of extra pavements, public parks and universities, the 21st century has introduced luxurious condos, workplaces and purchasing malls. While the previous 100 years have left behind some questionable structure (such because the Robotic and Elephant buildings, sure), it has additionally seen a lot enchancment of the general public realm. Structure that makes use of the previous to mission the long run and that takes its legacy into consideration to create new varieties that respect and improve what makes Bangkok such an attention-grabbing metropolis.
This listing focuses on the newest additions to the capital so you may analyse the place town is heading. I’ve included exceptional examples of social and personal structure, which use native supplies and combine the panorama and different vernacular components of Thailand.
1031 Phloen Chit Rd, Pathum Wan (Google)
Amanda Levete Architects have been opening a collection of profitable buildings internationally: The brand new entry on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MAAT Museum in Lisbon and this mixed-used constructing positioned inside the former gardens of the British Embassy. The tower integrates luxurious purchasing with the Park Hyatt lodge in a single construction that’s asymmetrical in all dimensions. The tower is the primary to be accomplished by a British architect in Thailand.
2. Bangkok Tree Home Resort / Duangrit Bunnag
60 Moo1 Soi Bua Phueng Pattana, Bang Namphueng (Google)
Famend architect Duangrit Bunnag – referred to as Duang – is behind this atypical lodge hidden in distant Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s inexperienced lung. The Bangkok Treehouse is a singular boutique property constructed on a number of wood platforms on the banks of the Chao Phraya River whereas the rooms (primarily small two-storey towers reached on wood walkways which might be lined with dense vegetation) supply most privateness. Two personal roof terraces overlook palm bushes and the dense vegetation inside the space. Learn extra here.
Bangkok College, 9/1 Phahonyothin Rd (Google)
Bangkok College consists of two campuses: Klong Toey and Rangsit, being the latter the newer addition to its portfolio. The Rangsit Campus – the place you will discover the undergraduate college students – was in want of reorganisation as the primary highway wasn’t addressed and it lacked correct entrance gates. This diamond-shaped complicated of buildings offered a entrance face to the campus whereas growing the house for the College of Enterprise Administration. The brand new buildings emerged from the actual architectural type evoking the image of the college, a diamond.
888 6-7 Ekkamai Rd (Google)
Arnun Wattanaporn, a younger barista that has develop into an eminence in Bangkok’s espresso scene, has launched Kaizen espresso co.’s a brand new residence in Ekamai, one of many prime areas within the coronary heart of Bangkok. Not like the beforehand owned Kaizen branches, Wattanaporn aimed to boost the essence of coziness quite than a sometimes trendy and minimal café ambiance. The pure end oak woods and darkish gray bricks have been opted as the primary supplies.
114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd (Google)
This dazzling, pixelated 77-storey tower briefly held Thailand’s tallest construction till Iconsiam (designed by City Architect Co) broke the document in 2018. The primary function – its façade protrusions – have been created to guard its inhabitants whereas revealing the interior lifetime of their metropolis. Ole Scheeren, the accomplice of Workplace for Metropolitan Structure (OMA) that was in command of the mission, not too long ago gave a TED Speak that you must watch if you wish to higher perceive this mission: Why great architecture should tell a story?
Wi-fi Street 130-132 Sindhorn Tower (Google)
This attention-grabbing addition to a beforehand current workplace block of the 80’s revolves round a noble idea: the preservation of an enormous tree. The previous constructing, which already went by means of main expansions, has created this new entrance with the intention of getting a spectacular new picture. The brand new addition has four effective eating eating places with mezzanine ground and one small cigar bar throughout a roof that creates the phantasm of being underneath a tree.
7. The EmQuartier / Leeser Structure
698 693,695 Sukhumvit Rd (Google)
EmQuartier Bangkok is thought for 2 causes: its luxurious outlets and its artifical waterfall inside the large atrium. As well as, the constructing options an open air backyard on the fifth ground, eating terraces sitting atop a helical ground slab, an eight theatre cinema complicated and two tales of underground parking. The structure agency based by Thomas Leeser accomplished 60 Water Road close to Brooklyn Bridge in the identical yr. Learn extra here.
36/Three Kasem San 1 Alley, Khwaeng Wang Mai (Google)
LiT Bangkok is a lodge on an odd plot of land. It is 200 meters away from sky-train, a block away from an artwork museum and a number of other purchasing centres and on its speedy environment, the location is bordered by store homes, back-packer accommodations, and road distributors. The L-shape end result aimed to draw the passer by while defending her in its comforting inside. Subsequently, the façade’s sample design (manufactured from a collection of parallelogram aluminium composite module) was created with these two objectives in thoughts.
Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon (Google)
That is an early mission by WOHA, the Singapore giants based in 1994 by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell (WOHA). The Met was designed as a complicated type of high-rise residing for the tropics, developed from an area perspective and never from western temperate fashions; therefore having in thoughts the probabilities of low-wind and tropical local weather in dense city circumstances. In reality, this mission applied a number of concepts developed initially for a contest in Singapore for public housing which have resulted in fairly a profitable constructing.
Sukhumvit 55 Thonglor (Google)
The constructing reworked an current shophouse right into a vibrant showroom and workplace for a lighting firm and its merchandise. Changing this constructing sort to offer the required new retail features was difficult and it required intensive modifications to the inside format. The ensuing strategy concerned inserting new areas that may join all the prevailing flooring and supply steady circulation. The event of the outside facade adopted the inside modifications.
1272-1278 Sutthisan Winitchai Rd, Din Daeng (Google)
Workplace of Lee & Son Leather-based not too long ago opened its model new workplaces in Bangkok whose black curved façade resembles a leather-based belt. ASWA (Architectural Studio of Work – Aholic) designed their new headquarters from the conceptual product’s picture and identification. The two,00zero m2 mission consists of four flooring, the place the primary degree is occupied by parking heaps.
Three/Three Soi Promsri 1, Sukhumvit 39 (Google)
This espresso store was designed as a co-working house on prime of a spot to drink espresso. The primary ground of the espresso store consists of the espresso bar, meals counter and buyer space – designed as an open house – while the second ground is split into 2 sections: the co-working house and personal workplace. The supplies have been chosen to provide consolation to its interiors.
1041 38 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan (Google)
Positioned within the metropolis’s prime central enterprise district – and only a few blocks away from AL_A’s Central Embassy – this lodge is the latest mission in Asia by American agency KPF. The posh lodge’s design is impressed by the sleek hand motion of the wai – the easy and stylish Thai gesture of greeting and welcome. Not solely culturally consultant, the sloping of the constructing additionally creates terraces, diminishing floorplates, and distinctive occupiable areas because the tower rises. Two linked high-rise constructions meet to create a central atrium with lush, vertical gardens and a dramatic indoor waterfall, evoking Thailand’s well-known caves.
179 Wi-fi Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan (Google)
Based in 1912, Alliance Française (AF), is the main institute to advertise French artwork and tradition in Thailand. In designing a brand new cultural heart for AF, Stonehenge created a 6-storey constructing accommodating Three essential features: Artwork & Tradition, tutorial program and workplace house. The atrium – the primary function of the constructing – permits the pure mild to the interior house whereas additionally offering a set of staircases that encourage folks to stroll by means of.
15. Bangkok Artwork and Tradition Centre / Robert G. Boughey & Associates
939 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District (Google)
The Bangkok Artwork and Tradition Centre mission initially started in 1995, nevertheless, it shortly got here to a halt when a brand new governor was elected in 2001. It was not till 2004 that one more governor was introduced the unique plans for the centre that it lastly took off once more. Over a decade later, the centre was constructed. This social gathering spot has been each defining and producing tradition in Bangkok because it opened. Learn extra here.
Three/101 Pradit Manutham, Lat Phrao (Google)
For a biker like me, this concrete and glass showroom was a should go to. The primary sculptural concrete varieties have been impressed by the bike’s ‘hugging the curve’ transition, which represents the successful second of racing bikes on the racing monitor. Two boomerang shapes engaged each other in plans and sections. The primary one vectors its circulation from essential entry by means of café at floor degree upwards; while the opposite directs its path from mezzanine lounge/convention to the bottom degree downwards. Learn extra right here.
46, 46 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Phra Khanong (Google)
Naiipa – that means ‘Deep within the Forest’ – is a combined use mission consisting of an artwork gallery, sound recording studio, dance studio, eating places, espresso outlets, and workplace house. The mission is called after the idea of concealing the structure within the forest because the imaginative and prescient of greenery is expanded through the use of reflective glass throughout. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the mission’s essential function: a constructing that seamlessly co-exists with the bushes.
107 31 Soi Phetchaburi 5, Thung Phaya Thai (Google)
A refreshingly non-luxurious lodge in Bangkok with excessive requirements. KLOEM hostel was created in an already current workplace constructing in a lot want of refurbishment. The primary design strategy for this mission was to design this house primarily based on as a lot as potential current construction and materials by specializing in ‘repairing’ and ‘including’. Firstly, the prevailing construction was saved because it was and secondly, a brand new smaller constructing was added. The end result? Fairly spectacular.
999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District (Google)
Groove at Central World, a 2-storey retails house, was to be created on prime of an current parking constructing within the prime space of Bangkok. What’s actually attention-grabbing in regards to the mission is the element to pedestrians and streets, which in Bangkok are completely occupied by road distributors leading to blocked routes and a major variety of accidents yearly. Because of this, Groove at Central World made the pedestrian routes and pathways the primary function of the mission.
Thong Lo 17 Alley, Khlong Toei Nuea (Google)
The Commons, a small retail growth within the metropolis heart, is an try to create a brand new lively outside house the place folks can comfortably take pleasure in it at anytime of the yr. Bangkokians at the moment are craving for brand new potentialities of out of doors residing house that may successfully reply to the tropical warmth and its dense residing situation the place there may be not a lot house for the outside. The Commons proposes a vertical open-air public house folding upward as a spine of the constructing.
424/Three-6 11 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan (Google)
The Onerous Rock Cafe in Bangkok marks a brand new strategy for the venerable Onerous Rock model. Designers Architectkidd and Prinda Puranananda have accomplished the brand new restaurant with give attention to connecting music and structure. The place to begin of the mission have been the shapes, rhythms and constructions of sound. Their interpretation to bodily varieties and supplies within the new design was the results of a inventive collaboration that mixed quite a lot of disciplines from design to branding, furnishings and road artwork.
Central Submit Workplace, 1160 Charoen Krung Rd, Bang Rak (Google)
Thailand Artistic and Design Heart (TCDC) is a authorities company with a mission to encourage inventive pondering within the society and to propel the nation’s inventive financial system. It gives a broad vary of assets and providers. The primary elements are a design library, a cloth library and a co-working house. TCDC moved to its new place inside the historic Grand Postal Constructing in 2017 and a brand new inside was designed to replicate the company’s mission.
999 Soi Mu Ban Nakhon Thong 1, Nong Prue (Google)
The Suvarnabhumi Airport was constructed on a greenfield website on two phases: The primary section, accommodating 45 million annual passengers consists of 56 contact gates and 64 hardstand positions. The second section is deliberate to accommodate 120 million annual passengers. The masterplan makes use of a terminal idea that emphasises passenger circulation over plane circulation. The primary formal function, a big roof trellis construction positioned over the complicated, separates buildings whereas unifying the location.
- Central Embassy in Bangkok
- Bangkok Tree Home Resort
- BU Landmark Advanced
- Kaizen Espresso
- King Energy MahaNakhon
- Glasshouse at Sindhorn
- The EmQuartier
- LiT BANGKOK Resort & Residence
- The Met
- Workplace of Lee & Son Leather-based
- Storyline Cafe
- Rosewood Bangkok
- Alliance Française Bangkok
- Bangkok Artwork and Tradition Centre
- Honda Bigwing
- Naiipa Artwork Advanced
- KLOEM Hostel
- Groove @ Central World
- The Commons
- Onerous Rock Cafe Facade
- Thailand Artistic and Design Heart
- Passenger Terminal Advanced Suvarnabhumi Airport