Chicago-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled plans for One Bangkok, a new 16Ha mixed-use development in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Working in collaboration with architects, engineers, sustainability experts and landscape architects, both local and international, SOM seeks to create the single largest private-sector development in Thailand to date - a vertical village providing homes and places of work for an estimated 60,000 people. Through One Bangkok, SOM challenged themselves to translate the vibrancy and energy of Bangkok's neighborhoods into a vertical environment, whilst promoting a 'sense of place' and district-level sustainability. Situated beside the city’s prominent Lumphini Park, One Bangkok hosts a range of functions, including residential, retail, offices, a hotel, and 8Ha of public space. Through their ‘vertical village’, SOM seeks to promote a sense of community and well-being in a dense urban environment, with welcoming streetscapes, public plazas, and landscaped greenspace. A variety of towers with individual characters and features, from cascading green terraces to a lattice of sky gardens, seek to reduce the ecological footprint of the district through careful site placement, and a suite of sustainable engineering systems.
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