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Thai Architecture

Capital Bangkok

Language Thai

Area 513,120 km2

Population 67,959,000

The architecture of Thailand is rooted in the traditional design influences of its surrounding Asian countries but continues to evolve towards a contemporary aesthetic. Thailand has seen the introduction of many high-rise buildings and skyscrapers as major cities such as Bangkok develop. In smaller scale Thailand architecture, architects have integrated transitional space of interior and exterior to accommodate for the intense tropical climate. The vibrant nature of thai architecture is examined in this collection of Thai architecture projects, interviews, and events.
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3D Printing Fuses Thai Craftsmanship to Create Habitable Concrete Structures

06:00 - 12 February, 2018
3D Printing Fuses Thai Craftsmanship to Create Habitable Concrete Structures, Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation
Courtesy of Lapyote Prasittisopin, Chanita Chuaysiri / Siam Research and Innovation

Siam Research and Innovation Company (SRI) is a Thailand-based cement manufacturer that has been developing innovations to push the limits of 3D printing in architecture. Their project 'Triple S' –developed in 2017– is based on traditional Thai craftsmanship to generate Surface, Structure, and Shelter in a single process; its specific artisanal form creating beautiful framework for structural purposes, easily building living spaces.

Büro Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon Tower, Photographed by Hufton + Crow

14:20 - 25 May, 2017
Büro Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon Tower, Photographed by Hufton + Crow, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

In this photoset, British photographers Hufton + Crow turn their lens toward Büro Ole Scheeren’s ‘dissolving’ MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok. Now the tallest building in the Thai capital at 1030 feet (314 meters), the pixelated skyscraper opened last summer with a fantastical light show display.

Vertical Village - SOM Leads Design of Major Mixed-Use District in Bangkok

16:00 - 16 April, 2017
Vertical Village - SOM Leads Design of Major Mixed-Use District in Bangkok, One Bangkok will provide retail, hotels, offices, as well as homes for 60,000 people. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain
One Bangkok will provide retail, hotels, offices, as well as homes for 60,000 people. Image Courtesy of SOM via Atchain

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.

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017
8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like, Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], under license CC BY-SA 2.0
Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN. Image © Flickr User: [Indire], under license CC BY-SA 2.0

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

How Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon Skyscraper Transforms Bangkok's Rising Skyline

14:00 - 27 December, 2016
How Ole Scheeren's MahaNakhon Skyscraper Transforms Bangkok's Rising Skyline, Courtesy of OMA/Ole Scheeren 2009
Courtesy of OMA/Ole Scheeren 2009

In this video from CNN Style Ole Scheeren, the former OMA partner and founder of Büro Ole Scheeren, discusses his MahaNakhon tower, a luxury mixed used skyscraper that has transformed the Bangkok skyline. MahaNakhon was recognized as the tallest building in Thailand by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) after its light show inauguration earlier this year.

Thailand’s Tallest Building, Designed by Büro Ole Scheeren, Opens with Light Show

14:10 - 29 August, 2016
Thailand’s Tallest Building, Designed by Büro Ole Scheeren, Opens with Light Show

Thailand’s new tallest building, MahaNakhon, has opened to the public with a spectacular light show highlighting the pixelated-design of the 314 meter tall building. Designed by Büro Ole Scheeren, the 77-story mixed-use skyscraper contains space for a hotel, retail, bars, restaurants and an observation deck, as well as 200 condominium units managed by Ritz-Carlton Residences with unparalleled views out onto the Bangkok skyline and beyond. The building’s distinct appearance is created through carving a pixelated spiral up the building, creating “an architecture that encloses and protects its inhabitants while revealing the inner life of their city.”

Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok

12:00 - 4 November, 2015
Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok, MahaNakhon tower in Thailand. Image © OMA / Büro Ole Scheeren 2009
MahaNakhon tower in Thailand. Image © OMA / Büro Ole Scheeren 2009

Hong Kong- and Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren is expanding with the opening of two new offices in Berlin and Bangkok. As its founder, German architect Ole Scheeren says, the expansion will extend the practice's range of work with projects in Europe and North America. "Büro Ole Scheeren’s Berlin studio will act as a European base for work across the western hemisphere, while Büro Ole Scheeren in Bangkok, together with its subsidiary HLS, is charged with the further design development and construction supervision of the MahaNakhon tower, soon to be completed as Thailand’s tallest skyscraper," says the practice. 

Kickstarter by New-Territories M4 Addresses New Forms of Ownership in Architecture

08:00 - 11 October, 2015
Kickstarter by New-Territories M4 Addresses New Forms of Ownership in Architecture, Courtesy of New-Territories M4
Courtesy of New-Territories M4

New-Territories/ M4 has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund MMYST, a hybrid architecture project that combines a hotel with a manufactured habitat for Swiftlets, a bird native to Thailand. Located in Krabi, the building will be used almost exclusively by backers of the project and will be set for removal in 10 years. In order to be realized, the project requires $200,000 in funding before October 25, 2015. Read more about this experimental project after the break.

3 Winners Announced for Bangkok Fashion Hub Competition

15:00 - 2 May, 2015
3 Winners Announced for Bangkok Fashion Hub Competition , 1st Prize: Ilya Pugachenko, Andrey Sayko, and Alla Aniskova. Image Courtesy of HMMD
1st Prize: Ilya Pugachenko, Andrey Sayko, and Alla Aniskova. Image Courtesy of HMMD

The winners of the international design competition "Bangkok: I am Fashion Hub" have been unveiled. Entrants were challenged with the task of unifying the functions of a community center, library, exhibition theater, and public space within a cohesive venue in Bangkok for both the local and international fashion communities.

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