Bangkok’s skyline has been growing vertically, with new structures being built in the Thai capital over the past decade. In December last year, The MahaNakhon, designed by German architect Ole Scheeren, made its mark on the cosmopolitan city. The luxury mixed-use tower is situated in Bangkok’s business district and looks like the rest of Scheeren’s repertoire — which includes The Interlace in Singapore.
The newest development set to tower over Bangkok, though, is a 40-acre mixed-use development in the heart of the city. Titled One Bangkok, the structure’s design is by Chicago-based architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and focuses on integrating a variety of outdoor spaces to create a vertical village in the middle of the bustling city.
Occupying a prominent site directly adjacent to the city’s beloved Lumphini Park, One Bangkok is a collection of five office towers, five hotels, three condominiums, and a range of retail and cultural facilities — all linked by landscaped open spaces and civic areas.
The S$4.9 billion development is slated to be completed in 2025 and will draw an estimated of 60,000 people living and working in the district — making it Thailand’s largest private-sector development.
The vertical village is designed to foster community and promote well-being in a dense urban environment, taking into account Bangkok’s climate — a tropical mix of heat and humidity with occasional heavy rainstorms. The firm uses sustainable technologies which include a centralised energy core that provides energy across the district more efficiently.
The renowned architecture firm is not new to designing revolutionary skyscrapers. SOM has helped conceptualise some of the world’s most iconic buildings, such as the Manhattan House in New York (1951), the Burj Khalifa (2009), and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York City (2013).
(All images: SOM)