Photo courtesy : Beer Singnoi

Photo courtesy : Beer Singnoi

Beanstalk Bangkok

Surawongse, Bangkok, Thailand
Year: 2019 – 2022 (built)
Client: Marutaya Real Estate (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Total floor area: 2,260 sqm
Structure: RC, S
57 Rooms for hotel accommodation

bsides’ scope: Architecture / Interior / Landscape
Design team: Takumi Saito, Pornpas Siricururatana, Chomdoen Chongwattananukul
Collaborators : This. Means. That. (CI and VI concept), Sarawut Yuanten (Structural design), PM Planners (MEP design),
Contractor : Trippo (Civil), PM Planners (MEP)
Plant Installation: Plantania_Santi Suansri

The project is situated on the edge between old Charoen Krung road and newly developed Sathorn district of Bangkok, and the building has served as a hotel since the 50s. This renovation incorporates the extension of time frame in the city and addresses the urban indifference to the district through a series of materials that respond to the existing.

Two contrasting areas are loosely connected in a large volume which appeared after the removing work. Along a bustling boulevard, a lounge with slightly bright shadows is tucked behind the existing eaves, the readymade perforated bricks and high sidelight. On the small pathway with informal intimacy, light pours into the space through the mundane acrylic sheets. At the corner of two streets, a local vender, who has been selling fruit here for 30 years, stands next to the entrance void. The continuation of the urban activity is juxtaposed with hotel’s landscape.

The inconsistencies and superficial arrangements become part of the time cycle within the city. The renovation may introduce a transition with noise that never fully rubs together.