Best Landscape Architecture Thailand
Location : Ploenchit Junction, Bangkok
Year : 2011
Status : Completed
Area : 8,145 sq.m.
The Park Ventures Ecoplex is the heart of an urban regeneration project located in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok City. This design exemplifies the possibilities for the public realm in Bangkok through its sensitive response to transit connections, environmental sustainability, and the public realm.
The “Urban Park” concept at Park Ventures is inspired by the idea of bringing nature back into the city. The location and extents of the “Urban Park” bring relief to one of the busiest intersections in Bangkok. Due to its high visibility the design is an exemplar project that sets the standard for what the public realm can be in this city. The “Urban Park” comprises a series of high quality spaces that are connected by beautiful and legible pathways. The design addresses issues of universal access and budgetary constraints in a way that demonstrates the ability of landscape architecture to improve and positively redefine expectations for Bangkok’s public realm.
Best Commercial Landscape Architecture Thailand
Location : Chiang Mai, Thailand
Year : 2012
Status : Completed
Area : 1,830 sq.m
Located on a historic two-acre site close to the banks of Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping River, 137 Pillars House (formerly known as Baan Borneo) is a 30-suite boutique hotel that balances architectural and natural heritage. The site, once owned by the British East Borneo Company (which dealt in teak wood trading and was established during the 19th century), is rich in history with its established and significant native trees complete with sprawling canopies that delicately shade the 19th century heritage architecture below. These features were deliberately preserved by the client and the landscape architectural response sensitively incorporates these items into a contemporary and elegant setting.
The site’s cultural and natural heritage was the main source of inspiration for the landscape at 137 Pillars House The design takes cues from the existing artwork, language, and colors, as the intangible resources; while site orientation, contextual conditions, existing architecture and vegetation act as the more perceptible guiding tools. In addition to augmenting the aesthetic nature of this heritage hotel, the landscape weaves a narrative through the planting and material palette as the guests travel back in time. A stepped open deck under the existing Indian rubber tree was introduced to tie the concept at the heart of site. By creating a central open space around which the buildings and activities are clustered,
the landscape layout resonates the character of a traditional village, which invites the guest to interact within and protects this vulnerable enclave from increased development in the vicinity.