Best Tall Building 100-199 meters Award of Excellence: Rosewood Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City
A Tranquil Interior Bookended by a Vibrant City
Located in Bangkok’s prime central business and hospitality district, the Rosewood blends nature with the activity of the city in a truly innovative way. It is linked directly to the Phloen Chit Skytrain station by an above-grade, outdoor pedestrian bridge. Considering Bangkok’s heavily congested streets, the link encourages increased use of public transportation and gives direct access to surrounding buildings, protected from traffic and rain. The hotel forms an integral part of the recently developed node around Wireless Road that encompasses several embassies, new residential towers, offices, and retail.
Embracing a “sense of place” philosophy, Rosewood Bangkok references cultural touchstones to create a hotel that reflects Thailand’s rich heritage and customs. Drawing inspiration from the graceful hand movement of the wai—the simple and elegant Thai gesture of greeting and welcome—two connecting high-rise structures are skillfully combined to create a dynamic form, revealing a tall, interior central opening. In keeping with the tropical environment, this atrium features lush, vertical terraced gardens. The 159-room hotel includes restaurants and multiple amenities, as well as a top-floor “speakeasy” bar, all of which showcase panoramic views of the capital. Spacious sky villas feature terraces with private plunge pools and overhanging gardens that provide additional self-shading and access to fresh air.
The building incorporates a host of sustainable strategies. The central courtyard brings outdoor air and muted light into the heart of each floor. Evoking Thailand’s renowned caves, it incorporates a vertical water feature that flows into the outdoor pool, providing dramatic visual interest while reducing cooling loads. At grade-level, a lushly planted garden space ensures sufficient rainwater drainage.