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Central World Tower Hotel & Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Monday 26 Feb 2007

Budding Bangkok

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BBG-BBGM Central World Tower Hotel under construction in Bangkok, Thailand 

The Central Hotel Tower is located near the busy intersection of Rama I and Rachadamri Road in Bangkok. The hotel occupies the northwest quadrant of the fashionable Central World Plaza complex. While circulation and programmatic links exist with the shopping and entertainment center, the hotel and convention center are meant to retain their own identity. Designed as a collaborative effort between Tandem Architects and BBG, the hotel tower is integrated into a multipurpose podium. In addition to the hotel public floors, this large volume houses a number of parking floors and extensive convention facilities. This state-of-the-art convention center features a 6000 m2 hall and numerous function rooms. These facilities, easily accessed from the street via a dedicated bank of elevators, are situated in close proximity to the hotel ballroom and meeting rooms allowing the two facilities to be used concurrently. The iconic hotel tower soars high above the podium to take its place in the Bangkok skyline. The mass of the podium is a succession of concentric circles layered around the tower shaft. The glass and metal cylinder rises directly from the street to a height of approximately 180 meters. Its architectural expression consists of an arrangement of horizontal banding overlaid onto a strong vertical framework. Dynamism and the play of transparency versus solidity are the hallmarks of the overall design. These elements combine to create a building whose lightness belies its large size, 55 floors. The architecture at the top of the tower unfolds into a dramatic outer shell, culminating in two elongated arches. This design recalls a young lotus flower blooming high above the water. This graceful architectural gesture evokes the harmony born out of disorder and will become an immediate urban landmark. The dramatic figure of the Central Hotel Tower will be instantly recognized amid the busy skyline of Bangkok.

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