Shma Company Limited: The site is situated amongst a tranquil neighbourhood of high-end residential area of Bangkok. The neighbourhood is the low density private housing with garden spaces. Introduction of this high density development in the area is quite a sensitive issue for the neighbours. “Integration” is the design strategy that aims to create the project that can be well integrated with the neighbour context visually and socially. At ground floor, boundary between public and private space is blurred, typical high solid wall at the frontage is replaced by a more welcoming garden space that comprises of low cascading water feature under pine grove with wild grass. This frontage garden with mountainous planting species in urban context then becomes the project statement which draws public attention.
The project comprised of two residential buildings; A and B. There are public functions such as café and sale gallery located on the ground floor of these two buildings. There is a main path that is not only acting as main circulation connecting people from main entrance to these two residential towers but also acting as a social corridor for the residents and visitors. Pavilions and seat walls are located along the main path under the pine groove as social node. Combination of intricate hardscape material and planting species is well articulated to achieve calm and tranquil space for this high-end residential.
As a concept led by the architect, there are various spaces on the buildings dedicated for sky gardens as social space for residents. Wind tolerate tropical planting species are introduced to these “sky oasis” to respond with windy condition at higher levels. Moreover, two sides of building façade facing east and west are covered with green climber. These green façade is not only help to mitigate the heat from penetrating into the building but also help to minimize glaring impact to surrounding neighbour and overall environment. The suitable climber species that can tolerate windy condition, fast growing and easily to maintain are introduced. There are planters provided at every floor with 600 mm soil depth. It has to be equipped with auto irrigation system, accessible service corridor and good drainage system so that it can be sustained and maintained in the long term.
At the facilities floor on 32th floor, the space is organised in three zones; swimming pool area, function lawns with cabanas and pocket sitting space with play station for kids. As a result, green become the key element in integrating the project with the surrounding context through green façade, sky garden and green space on ground floor. These green areas also become a common space for residents and visitors to socialize and integrate this development to be part of the neighbourhood.
Name of Project: Ashton Morph Sukhumvit 38
Landscape Architect: Shma Company Limited
Project Team :
Design Director: Yossapon Boonsom / Namchai Saensupha
Landscape Architect: Kirin Tanglertpanya
Horticulturist: Wimonporn Chaiyathet
Client & Developer: Ananda Development
Architect: Woha Thailand Limited
M&E: Plan Engineering Co., Ltd.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
C&S Engineering: PPL Engineerings Co., Ltd.
Project Type: Condominium Garden
Site Area: approx.. 5320 sq.m.
Completion Year: 2013
Location: Sukhumvit 38 Klongton Neur, Bangkok
Photograph Credit: Wison Tungthunya / Santana Petchsuk / Chaichoompol Vathakanon