Bangkok Civic Center is a design of two halves
HAS design and research unveils its vision of a new mixed-use cultural center for Bangkok. Designed as part of a competition, the HAS proposal for “Bangkok Civic Center” responds to the rapid growth of the city: “Over the past 40 years, Bangkok has seen too much urban development,” explain the architects. ‘The Bangkok Civic Center now acts as a bridge to nature and connects people and the environment.
To link architecture and nature, the team designed a tower of two halves. One half of the building is stacked like stones and populated with vegetation to make it look like an extension of nature. The other half features a mirrored facade with cable car lines that connect the building to its green site, which is set to become “Bangkok Civic Park” as part of the second phase of the development project.
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a connected urban hub divided into three
Designed for a site in the central business district, the Bangkok Civic Center is envisioned as a major transportation hub that connects to the city’s metro system, bus station, and expressway. The program also includes a helipad on the roof and three levels of underground parking.
Rising 180 meters high, the tower spans 35 floors and its program is divided into three zones. At the heart of the “lower zone” is a first-floor lobby that connects to the adjacent park to create the feeling of overflowing nature. This area also includes a library, an art gallery, a restaurant, public reading and co-working spaces and a botanical exhibition.
The “Mid Zone” serves as a transition layer and is mainly occupied by offices and other administrative spaces such as coworking spaces, lecture halls, meeting rooms. Last but not least, the “High Zone” features cultural functions such as a theater, performance hall, and even wedding banquet halls in the sky. There is also an open-air restaurant and an observation deck for visitors to enjoy views of the city and Bangkok Civic Park.
the first floor hall is covered with plants
the rooftop program includes a cable car station, an observation tower and an aerial restaurant
the tower is surmounted by a helipad
Name: Bangkok Civic Center
location: Bangkok, Thailand
architecture agency : HAS design and research
design team: Jenchieh Hung, Kulthida Songkittipakdee, Atithan Pongpitak, Tapanee Laddahom
the site area: 22,500 m²
gross built area: 46,500 m²
the size: 180m
levels: 35 floors above ground; 3 basements