Located within the former gardens of the British Embassy along Ploenchit Road, Bangkok’s primary commercial artery, the 1.5 million sq ft Bangkok Central Embassy project merges a seven storey luxury retail podium and a 30 storey five-star hotel tower into a cohesive, twisting shape.
The elevated form that rises from the podium wraps around two vertical light wells, opening up internal spaces to reveal stepped terraces, and dividing hotel functions; private guest-related programmes face the gardens of Lai Nert Park, while the hotel bar, reception lounge and sky terrace face the city centre.
Drawing on motifs and patterns found in traditional Thai architecture, the external skin of the building is characterised by a range of extruded aluminium tiles, to create a dynamic pattern in response to external conditions. The distribution of tiles creates a moiré-like pattern, articulated by the play of light and reflects both the sky and the city. This rich pattern visually emphasizes the wrapping form of the building as well as providing scale and texture to the opaque frontage at podium level. All glazed areas are designed to merge seamlessly with the aluminium skin.
Bangkok Central Embassy blurs boundaries between diametrically opposing elements: tower & plinth, façade & roof, local craftsmanship & digital technology, Thai tradition & contemporary design. By embracing advanced technology as well as local heritage and culture, the building celebrates a perceptive and contemporary architectural language. It is a design that is local to its surrounding yet simultaneously redefines the location.
- Project: Central Embassy+Park Hyatt Hotel
- Developer: Central Pattana Limited
- Architect: AL_A
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- Country: Thailand
- Website: http://www.centralembassy.com