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Bangkok - Bangkok Skyline Concept Phase

Client: Gaysorn Land Asset Management, Crown Properties, S.P.T. Management, and a consortium of owners

An innovative urban connectivity and placemaking concept for an elevated public walkway above congested streets in the heart of Ratchaprasong, Bangkok’s central shopping district.

The Skyline concept along Ratchadamri Road. The consistent white colonnade has different architecture at each building frontage.
 

Before

Existing roadway and sidewalk congestion on Ratchadamri Road, the latter largely due to unlicensed vendor stalls.

  • The District’s Ratchadamri Road is lined for a half mile by hotels, department stores, shopping malls, transit stations, and CentralWorld Square, the city’s New Years’ celebration gathering place.
  • The very wide road is often choked with vehicles and sidewalks are impassably crowded with foot traffic and unlicensed vendors.
  • Despite heavy pedestrian use, sidewalks are unshaded in intense sun, unsheltered in heavy rains, and are littered with pavement hazards.
  • Buildings share little in frontage treatment or architectural expression, resulting in a weak place identity that belies costly real estate and Bangkok’s prominence among Asian cities.

Assignment

  • Work with a consortium of property owners to develop a pedestrian “skyline” structure to connect destinations and bring about an improved walking experience much faster than the city administration could.
  • Develop a signature district placemaking design with individual frontage treatments that still attends to the ground-level pedestrian sidewalk.
  • Connect with the BTS Skytrain station to the south, span over Rajdamri Road’s 7 lanes at midpoint, and cross the historic Sansaep canal and connect to the ferry boat station to the north.
  • Add opportunities for elevated walkway seating, plazas, eating areas, stairways, grand entries and landscaping to create a lively public realm and not just an elevated “chute” for pedestrians (often found elsewhere in the City).

Outcomes

Concepts presented to owners and government agencies.

  • Refined design concepts, budget estimates and schedules were presented to owners, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, and the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS Skytrain).

In collaboration with:

Dr. Peeradorn Keawlai, Architects 49 International, KCS & Associates Co., Ltd., KPK QS (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Optimum Consultants