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The Met / WOHA

  • 01:00 - 11 November, 2009
The Met / WOHA
The Met / WOHA, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Patrick Bingham © Patrick Bingham © Patrick Bingham © Patrick Bingham +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Architects

  • Associated Architects

    Tandem Architects
  • Project Team

    Alina Yeo, Carina Tang, Cheah Boon Kwan, Gerry Richardson, Janita Han, Jose Nixon Sicat, Puiphai Khunawat, Punpong Wiwatkul, Techit Romraruk, Richard Hassell, Sim Choon Heok, Wong Mun Summ
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineers

    Lincolne Scott Ng Pte. Ltd.
  • Civil & Structural Engineers

    Worley Pte. Ltd.
  • Landscape Architects

    Cicada Pte. Ltd.
  • Owner / Developer

    Pebble Bay Thailand Co. Ltd
  • Total Cost

    US $132 M
  • Area

    11360.5 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

WOHA’s design explores strategies of high-density living in a high-rise tropical environment.

The concept for The Met is to develop an advanced form of high-rise living for the tropics, developed less from western temperate models than from research on possibilities of low-wind, tropical climate in dense urban conditions. This project implemented several ideas developed originally for a competition in Singapore for public housing.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

High-rise designs have traditionally followed temperate models, which were developed in New York or Chicago with cold weather and strong winds. This resulted in apartments that are compact, insulated from the exterior and without sun shading or overhangs. Buildings are protective shells designed to shield the inhabitants from the harsh weather.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

By contrast, design for the tropics should take advantage of year-round warm weather, capture breezes, and be laid out for cross-ventilation, incorporating outdoor spaces, verandas and gardens. Buildings are framing devices of minimal environmental devices for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

This scheme is designed from first principles to create a better lifestyle for central city living in the tropics. Going high in the tropics means cooler breezes, less dust, more privacy, more security, less noise, better views. To take advantage of these conditions, the design incorporates a staggered arrangement of blocks that allow cross ventilation, views to both the city and the river, and enhance the gentle breezes by funneling them between towers. The gaps between the towers are bridged with sky gardens that provide exterior entertaining areas directly off living areas – pools and gardens.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

The orientation of the staggered blocks allows the sun to daily penetrate between the blocks on its regular tropical sun-path.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

The apartments’ interiors interact strongly with the exterior, with full height glazing, balconies, sky gardens and sky terraces. Sun shading and overhangs provide weather protection and screen and filter the strong tropical light. Walls of greenery provide sun-shading that convert heat into oxygen, improving local air quality.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

Common areas are spread throughout the towers, offering inhabitants a variety of experiences, from the intricately designed carpet of water, stone and vegetation at ground level, to the extensive indoor-outdoor facilities at the pool level, to libraries, barbecues, and function areas at sky terraces.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham

The hotel block explores related ideas, providing guests with huge outdoor balconies incorporating water features and trees, staggering up the façade to provide a layer of interlocking external spaces.

© Patrick Bingham
© Patrick Bingham
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Thailand Reisen · January 01, 2011

As far as looks go - I don't think this is the most beautiful building either. But the natural ventilation saves so much energy, it's brilliant and hopefully something that we'll see more of in the future.

oraphan · November 12, 2010

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Jacky · January 29, 2010
reytia · January 02, 2010

i can't see why this building won the award. there's nothing really innovative.. or it is me being blind

w · November 14, 2009

This is the most beautiful high-rise building in Thailand ever!!!! Everything is perfect, except for those ugly pattern decorated around the building.

levert · November 13, 2009

its beautiful. no more wine and perfum bottles.
just a plain old building with something to say (though I wouldn't put that pattern on the sides...with plain color would be really beautiful).
nice work.

d · November 13, 2009

what's up with those pattern??

L dog · November 13, 2009

dont judge a book by its cover. but the inside and outside do not really relate as much as i think they should. all in all i think this was very interesting home-like spaces inside.

Katsudon · November 13, 2009

Yeah JDR! Totally agree! I love it! Finally something constructed, not fashion designed! But i agree one thing about breaking so strongly the skyline... This is a bit tough! But i would love to see such design here in Shanghai! It would make sense with a few adaptations to the local climate.
And also not very sure about the pixelated pattern is or isn't a good idea.
But definitely this is awesome!!

Jamie · November 13, 2009


My heart goes out to all the Thai's who must endure the look of this monstrosity.

Tee · November 12, 2009

I really like it.
From the front it looks very fragile and seems like made of grey carton i built my models of.
From the thin side it seems much more massive althoug is very slender. Futhermore from this poit of view it has a cool technical charism (i don´t exactly know what it reminds me of, but it has something of a radiator grill or a cooling system with fins).
The interior is really tasteful and simple
and i also think it fits very well in the local environment.

JDR · November 12, 2009

I think it is just fantastic!
Why can a high-rise building not be a building.
Why does a skyscraper has to be designed like a pen or any other design object.
This is brutalism, constructivism and as much architecture as any other arty-farty curved skyscraper.

Spot on.

Tosh · November 12, 2009

Awful. Purely awful. Hate the shape, hate the colours.. don't understand it, don't like it enough to get to know it..

Arnold · November 12, 2009

logical, reliable (straight), quality, neat(accurate). here any architectural concept? Idea? In fact, it's three masts(stems) connected betweem connections. Very simply architectural decision, but not interesting like architectural CONCEPT. But it's GOOD WORK.

adf · November 12, 2009

but it’s really more about utopia…

nello · November 12, 2009

Another proof that the design of high-rise buidlings' is really hard to handle.

Kuldeep · November 12, 2009

This is wat we call as Out of Box thinking!! Superb!!

archilocus · November 12, 2009

1 spoon of Gotham City, 3 spoons of 1960s social housing block. The pixelated pattern in the facade does not add any extra quality to the building, even messing things up, while the interior seems neat and well detailed.
I find rather strange to make two separate lift lobbies per floor (1 for 2 apartments) instead of trying to provide a larger one for 4 apartments which would certainly bring more spatial quality when you get out the lift. There might be some regulation behind that.

Pipol · November 12, 2009 05:09 PM

I am in Thailand and i can confirm you that there isnt regulation about lift.I also strange that Y WOHA pay attention to make the private for owner like this. Maybe the rich man dont wanna talk each other -_-"

Khiensak Seangklieng,Ph.D.ASA · November 12, 2009

The world Architecture Awards 2009,inspired by thai-ness by Singaporean

Zard0z · November 12, 2009

An excellent example of form following function. Not outwardly pretty, but a fine prototype for future refinement.

sparch · November 12, 2009

if this building doesn't dominate skyline as it does now, i would've loved it more

HW · November 12, 2009

Gorgeous and innovative!

laar · November 12, 2009

inside is much better than outside

dah · November 12, 2009

I went recently to Bangkok and saw this building. It is probably one of the ugliest buildings i have seen in my life. Really bad taste..

sullka · November 12, 2009

WOW!....that's just.....massive.

Kinda looks like the WTC competition proposal by Meier and Eisenman. Not saying that's not original, just that as with the WTC proposal, the thing is just too big for its site.

Alexander · November 11, 2009

Amazingly insightful


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