Athenee Place & Tower opens in Thai capital
Athenee Place and Tower in Bangkok, Thailand comprise of a 41 storey residential tower and a 35 storey office building.
The design for both towers incorporates glass, metal, stone and masonry to create a sleek and modern image. Strong vertical elements emphasize the towers' elegant proportions. The towers' signature, graceful swooping rooflines are inspired by hand gestures used in traditional Thai dance. The hand not only evokes a sense of protection for residents, but the gentle curve also offers a soft counterpoint to the towers' linear and vertical dynamism.
Responding to the client’s desire for maximum transparency on the façade, BBG’s design wraps much of the towers in glass from slab to slab. One of the greatest design challenges in designing the façade was to conceal service balconies and air conditioning vents. BBG-BBGM resolved this visual screening issue by designing a series of ornamental metal grills that create texture and depth on the façade, as well as being an integral component of the vertical expression. The vertical and horizontal language of the towers' mullions recalls the art-deco style of the 1920’s, adding an additional elegance.