The Met, Bangkok

July 17, 2010

how can you define your “luxury” ?

today i pick one of the most luxurious condominium project in Thailand which is “The Met”, high-rise building in the heart of center business district in Bangkok. It was designed by WOHA, well-known architect firm from Singapore.

Let’s see every perspective from this condominium !!

The Met was awarded in the World Architecture Festival as best housing. It’s designed from first principles to create a better lifestyle for central city living in the tropics

Gross Floor Area: 112,833.523 m2

Building Height: 230.56 m (from Ground floor Datum to Refuge Plate Form Level)
Apartment Unit Details: Total 370 units, with:

2 type of 2-bedroom unit (about 90m2)
2 type of 3-bedroom unit (about 190 m2)
1 type of 4-bedroom unit (about 365 m2)
1 type of Penthouse unit (about 545 m2)

3 and 4 bedroom units have option of additional private pool/garden (about 40m2).

Architects: WOHA

The concept for The Met is to develop an advanced form of high-rise living for the tropics, developed less from western temperate models than from research on possibilities of low-wind, tropical climate in dense urban conditions. This project implemented several ideas developed originally for a competition in Singapore for public housing.

High-rise designs have traditionally followed temperate models, which were developed in New York or Chicago with cold weather and strong winds. This resulted in apartments that are compact, insulated from the exterior and without sun shading or overhangs. Buildings are protective shells designed to shield the inhabitants from the harsh weather.

By contrast, design for the tropics should take advantage of year-round warm weather, capture breezes, and be laid out for cross-ventilation, incorporating outdoor spaces, verandahs and gardens. Buildings are framing devices of minimal environmental devices for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

This scheme is designed from first principles to create a better lifestyle for central city living in the tropics. Going high in the tropics means cooler breezes, less dust, more privacy, more security, less noise, better views. To take advantage of these conditions, the design incorporates a staggered arrangement of blocks that allow cross ventilation, views to both the city and the river, and enhance the gentle breezes by funneling them between towers. The gaps between the towers are bridged with sky gardens that provide exterior entertaining areas directly off living areas – pools and gardens.

The orientation of the staggered blocks allows the sun to daily penetrate between the blocks on its regular tropical sun-path.

The apartments’ interiors interact strongly with the exterior, with full height glazing, balconies, sky gardens and sky terraces. Sun shading and overhangs provide weather protection and screen and filter the strong tropical light. Walls of greenery provide sun-shading that convert heat into oxygen, improving local air quality.

Common areas are spread throughout the towers, offering inhabitants a variety of experiences, from the intricately designed carpet of water, stone and vegetation at ground level, to the extensive indoor-outdoor facilities at the pool level, to libraries, barbeques, and function areas at sky terraces.

The hotel block explores related ideas, providing guests with huge outdoor balconies incorporating water features and trees, staggering up the façade to provide a layer of interlocking external spaces.

The Met was completed in the heart of Bangkok by WOHA. It was awarded in the World Architecture Festival as best housing. Citing the judges: “The Met by WOHA is an excellent attempt to open a skyscraper to the city and to allow its inhabitants to use the building as much as possible…”

Project Location: 125 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok Thailand

Project Cost: US $ 132 million
Building Type: Condominium
Site Area: 11,360.50 m2

Project Team:
Alina Yeo
Carina Tang
Cheah Boon Kwan
Gerry Richardson
Janita Han
Jose Nixon Sicat
Puiphai Khunawat
Punpong Wiwatkul
Techit Romraruk
Richard Hassell
Sim Choon Heok
Wong Mun Summ

The photographs are taken by Patrick Bingham – Hall.



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