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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ZENSE: The Rebirth in Bangkok, Thailand by Department of Architecture

 
May 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Department of Architecture

During2010 Red Shirt Riot, many of Bangkok’s public buildings were set on fire.  Podium of ZEN Tower in Central World Complex was totally unrecognizable.  Smoke and heat went upward and destroy all furniture and finishing of all interior space on the tower.  ZENSE, thena newly-opened yet one of the hippest Restaurants/Bars in the city, situated on ZEN Tower top floor, was one of the casualties of this unrest.  As the original designer, DEPT was called to give ZENSE another life after the riot.

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  • Architects: Department of Architecture
  • Project: ZENSE: The Rebirth
  • Location: Centralworld Shopping Complex, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Photography: KetsireeWongwan
  • Owner: Zen Department Store
  • Lighting Designer: Accent Studio
  • Area: 4,000 m2
  • Cost of the construction: 80 Million THB
  • Build time: 2011-2012
  • Software used: Rhino 3D, 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD

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Our challenge is how to remind our guests of the splendor of the original ZENSE while not bring back memory of the unfortunate incident.  We decided to enhance our original spatial design ina more vibrant color scheme and stronger articulation.  We continue our original approach of fusing together four design disciplines: fashion design, interior design, landscape architecture, and architecture. The essence of landscape architecture in interior spatial articulation is also maintained.

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To reflect character of the project owner, ZEN Department Store, we introduce the dynamic world of fashion in thestatic domain of architecture, by adapting aesthetic and technique of pleating fabricinto architectural elements and function.  In interior space, pleating elements are found throughout; from pleating stairs and railing, pleating seating, pleating performing stage, to pleating roof planes over show kitchens.

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To create energetic flow of the space and to obscure all piping underneath exposed ceiling slab, pleating planes of fine steel lines were added as floating planes below ceiling.  These planes are also applied in floatingdining pavilions which give such a unique picture frame to Bangkok city skyline.

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To highlight the interface between fashion and architecture, elements of fashion were introduced in furniture and interior finishing.  Hound-tooth pattern was used not only on fabric but also on dining table stone top.   Layers of patterned & translucent partitions in restrooms were also inspired by lace fabric.

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image Courtesy © KetsireeWongwan

Image courtesy Department of Architecture

Image courtesy Department of Architecture

Image courtesy Department of Architecture

Image courtesy Department of Architecture

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