Inside One Bangkok, Thailand’s new gold standard in mixed-use design
On the doorstep of one of the largest green spaces in central Bangkok lies a new global landmark destination for business and culture—One Bangkok. This fully-integrated mixed-use district is setting new standards for design, quality, connectivity and sustainability, and is set to become the most prestigious corporate address in the city.
The ambitious project comes on the back of over a decade of exponential growth of Bangkok as one of the most significant hubs of business and culture in Asia, which is now the world’s fastest growing economic region. In addition to exporting more than USD$235 Billion of goods and services each year, the country also receives more than 30 million visitors annually and is a key link in the global supply chain.
Bangkok is cementing its identity as a connected, competitive business capital of Asia, and One Bangkok is designed to be its heartland.
“It is our vision to enhance the city’s status by creating a focal point for business in Bangkok that will gain global recognition,” says Su Lin Soon, Chief Executive Officer of Development at One Bangkok. “And by learning from the great neighbourhoods of the world, we came to understand that it is vital to create a diverse district that will be engaging and alive with energy at all hours.”
The projects complex masterplan has been optimised to deliver a vibrant, successful community and features four diverse precincts centred around a 10,000m2 landscaped civic plaza. Each precinct is connected on multiple levels, with adjoining retail and lifestyle elements on the lower levels creating a vibrant streetscape as towers for work and living rise above and stretch into the city skyline.
Achieving such an intricate vision on so grand a scale is no easy feat. Once complete, the community will offer more than 450,000m2 of premium commercial space, housing over 500 local and international organisations with more than 50,000 workers; over 150,000m2 of retail; three luxury residential towers and five new hotels—including the luxury Ritz-Carlton, Bangkok—that will give tourists and business travellers the best home base the city has to offer.
In order to achieve round-the-clock community engagement, art and culture will be intrinsic to the fabric of One Bangkok. Presenting more than just the best choices for shopping and dining, One Bangkok will allow for a wide range of leisure activities and social experiences with things to do all day through to the night. It will present new opportunities for brands to engage, interact, and inspire their audience with fresh concepts and spaces across four differentiated retail precincts that will be connected across multiple levels: a complete retail offering of more than 450 stores over 180,000m2. This allows for truly distinct retail experiences within a single district—a first for Bangkok.
The various districts of the precinct will be linked through multisensory experiences and a variety of cultural expressions, including performing arts, museum, galleries, public artworks, and an events calendar to rival that of any major global destination.
Su Lin Soon says that these public spaces play an integral role in future-proofing the development and building its landmark status. “The district is peppered with activated public spaces, and we expect the synergy from this mix of uses will create an exceptional destination capable of attracting top-level organisations and a place that tourists and locals alike will want to go to and keep returning to; a place to work, shop, play, and create.”
The entire community is made possible by a smart, centralised infrastructure system, the first of its kind for a private development in Thailand and a symbol of the smart-cities of the future. This system is responsible for district cooling to enhance liveability in its tropical climate, centralised security, water and energy management systems, a data centre and more than 250,000 smart sensors that identify opportunities for preventative maintenance and oversee facility management.
Once complete, One Bangkok will aim to meet LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification as well as WELL Platinum global standards, setting a new benchmark for green development in Thailand.
Text Box“Our ambition is to build sustainable developments that improve quality of life for users and are part of the fabric of the community,” says Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO of Frasers Property Limited. “We believe that One Bangkok is an offering worthy of what Thailand’s capital can deliver on the world stage, and our goal is to see the country become the very epicentre of ASEAN.”
Now under construction, One Bangkok is set to open to the public in 2023, with full completion expected in 2026.
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