Rather than adopting high-rise models from temperate countries, this 66-storey central Bangkok development adapts aspects of low-rise tropical housing to spaces in the sky. Naturally cross-ventilated, the apartments require no air conditioning. Open-air terraces with barbecues, libraries, spas and other facilities link the three towers every five storeys and act as structural bracing. The main columns extend on the exterior of the building, creating protected indoor-outdoor spaces for balconies and terraces, and are lit at night, transforming the building into an elegant, vertical screen. The staggered block arrangement gives apartments light and air on all four sides. Thai elements – ceramic tiles, textiles and timber panelling – are abstracted to organise forms. Every horizontal surface is planted, and vertical faces are shaded by creeper screens.
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture is Life. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
This book focuses on the unfolding of the qualities that connect
architecture and life. It highlights a series of buildings and projects located
within a diversity of cultures and geographies that make a significant
contribution to the understanding of our values and to the daily lives buildings
of their users.
The selected projects – shortlisted and premiated by the Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in its 12th
Cycle – address a variety of functions at a diversity of scales, from
residential to institutional, from public space to infrastructure. The ethos of
these projects is consistent with that of the Award: they all place an emphasis
onthe importance of design as an indispensable component of social
Essays by internationally recognised practitioners and
scholars address the broader context of contemporary architectural practice
with special reference to Muslim communities and geographies.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture