Bangkok’s Modern Architecture



Bangkok’s Modern Architecture

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An apparently endless mass of dull concrete towers, monotonous rows of shop-houses, and gaudy mockclassical edifices give Bangkok the overall imp ression of a sprawling urban jungle rather than the Oriental splendor visitors might expect.

Nonetheless, there are some modern buildings within the city that were designed by visionary architects. Postmodern architecture of an international standard is particularly noticeable along Sathorn Tai and Silom roads. Other interesting buildings include the Thai Airways headquarters and the triple towered “Elephant Building.”

One of Bangkok’s most progressive design companies is Plan Architecture, responsible for striking buildings such as the Baiyoke Towers I and II, the bullet-shaped Vanit Building II on Soi Chidlom, and the narrow Thai Wah II Tower on Sathorn Tai Road. Thailand’s most famous, and perhaps most witty, modern landmark is probably the Bank of Asia’s head office on Sathorn Tai Road, nicknamed the “Robot Building”.

Two sophisticated examples of Thai Modernism, both hotels, were designed by Westerners. The roof of the Siam Inter-Continental was designed to resemble a traditional “Mongkut” crown, and the gardens of the Sukhothai evoke the serene waterscape of the old capital of the same name.

In the 21st century, Bangkok’s skyline continues to change, with additions such as the Siam Paragon, Central World, and many flashy apartment buildings and chic hotels.

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