Set against Bangkok’s bustling urbanscape, the new EM Quartier retail complex by LEESER Architecture makes a striking statement, thanks to its helix-inspired form.
5 August, 2015
Designed by LEESER Architecture for The Mall Group, EM Quartier is the second project in a cluster of shopping malls collectively known as District EM, which also includes the recently renovated Emporium and future project EM Sphere.
Covering approximately two-thirds of the overall 2.7 million square feet EM District development, EM Quartier makes a striking statement against the Bangkok city skyline.
Working with the developer, LEESER Architecture says that it has designed the building to evoke the synthesis of beauty and the unpredictability found in both nature and urbanism. The building alters the pure shape of the traditional spiral, shifting the floor plates such that they do not align with the floors above. These subtle ‘imperfections’ give rise to the opportunity to design outdoor terraces that blur the boundary between inside and out. The design furthers the notion of openness through the incorporation of glass between the soft curves of the building.
“The helical form creates a seamless experience for visitors and enlivens the program in unexpected ways such as creating variety in the views of the city. Starting at the ground floor, the program begins with retail then transitions to [floating] gardens and then to six storeys of dining terraces,” Thomas Leeser, Principal of LEESER Architecture explains.
“The ‘floating gardens’ are a key element in that experience, and act as a buffer from the ‘busy-ness’ below,” Thomas continues. “The garden level of the building is designed to create a feeling similar to being in nature. Although it is a built environment, this level is expansive and open, and very free in its form. The materials used are neutral and natural, such as stone and wood. The winding paths among the pools and greenery provide a sense of escape, and the views are from a vantage that feels sheltered from the city and also include views of the nearby park.”
Other key features of the project include a five-storey waterfall and two storeys of automated parking.
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