An area of 149 RAI /238,400sqm just 2.5km from Don Muang airport presented an opportunity for a potential key development. The clients wanted to take advantage of the location to establish a new gateway into Bangkok as well as reinvigorate the Don Muang area.
The scheme would incorporate a new transport hub terminal, retail and commercial spaces, hotels, medical care facilities and a landmark central building which housed international standard conference and exhibition facilities. The clients insisted that a ‘green’ approach to the project was necessary – resulting in an architectural aesthetic which forged a strong relationship between building and landscape. The business park would not only be a prominent centre for international trade and staging large scale conferences but also serve as a public park and community focal point.
The master plan strategy involved detailed research into the planning restrictions for the site and a thorough site analysis. This enabled 4b to design around any potential issues such as a 23m height restriction and aircraft noise pollution by tracking the flight paths of incoming planes.
The architectural concept took its source of inspiration from the textile fabrication that TTL is known for internationally. The idea of fabric and its inherent qualities – especially in terms of flexibility and movement was explored and expressed in the architectural design. Fabric as movement and fabric as pattern was applied to our buildings individually but also showcased collectively in how the different structures complemented one another – a concept we feel worked perfectly in tandem with an organic, landscape approach the clients were looking for.