Bangkok's skyline is changing fast these days. Architects seem to compete in building new forms of design : skyscrapers, condominiums, hotels or shopping-malls. The trend remains largely a taste for world-class luxury.
One of the latest examples is the EMQuartier shopping-mall in Klong Toei district. This is east of Sukhumvit/Asok at the BTS ('Skytrain') Phrom Phong station.The Emporium already existed there facing Benjasin Park. But the EM group has now opened a new complex on the opposite side : and this is called EMQuartier. Both shopping-complexes are linked by a large open plaza.
EMQuartier is not only a superb mall but it also brings forward a new concept of design. It comprises two U-shaped aisles joined by multiple skywalks. The narrow courtyard between the two aisles displays an incredible man-made waterfall 40 meters high. Fauchon has now opened a shop and an outside café in the courtyard. Meanwhile, the left part of the edifice offers an even bolder look. It is made of three distinct features.The first lower half section functions like a luxurious shopping-mall featuring many of the top brand names. However, the main attraction
comes at the next level, which displays an amazing
water-garden. It has been designed in a beautiful tropical
environment offering great city views as well as resting areas to sit
and relax. This stunning suspended garden is in fact at the level of
a huge indoor atrium. A long grass serpentine hangs from the top in
the middle with water dripping from above. Then, a walking ramp
meanders around the atrium to restaurants, cafés or specialty-shops
all the way up. This third section conveys a fabulous atmosphere of
beauty and relaxation.
It seems that the creators wanted to integrate a taste of nature within the created urban design while providing at the same time large bayviews over the Bangkok cityscape.
|The two aisles of EM Quartier|
|View from water-garden|
|Amantee's coffeeshop & bakery|
|Fauchon's courtyard café near waterfall|