SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING25 Nov 2020
Capella Bangkok weaves “destination design” into the heart of the Thai Capital’s new riverside heritage enclave
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Bangkok, Thailand – Capella Bangkok, the revered riverside retreat on the banks of Thailand’s “River of Kings”, is breaking down the boundaries of design with a deep, destination-inspired showcase which was unveiled on 1st October 2020.                       

Conceived from the ground-up by celebrated architecture partnership, Hamiltons International, with interiors by tastemakers BAMO, the Auriga Wellness centre by GOCO Hospitality and the city’s first riverside villas by PIA Interiors, Capella Bangkok introduces new design ethics to one of the capital’s most storied neighbourhoods.                                                                                                            

When it set out its vision for Capella Bangkok and the surrounding Chao Phraya Estate, Hamiltons International’s mission was clear: to revitalise the Charoen Krung heritage area. The masterplan by former Fosters + Partners duo, Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson, strived to juxtapose the rich culture of Bangkok’s historic riverside gateway – where boats docked and new settlers first stepped foot in Thailand – with the vibrant dynamism of this 21st century metropolis.                                               

The result is breath-taking. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya, this sleek and stylish development features vast swathes of floor-to-ceiling glass, breaking down the boundaries between indoor and outside space, and ensuring panoramic views of the river from all areas of the property, including the 101 suites and villas, restaurants and elegant event spaces.                                                                                                         

Within this urbane framework, interior specialists BAMO set about crafting an exquisite tapestry of classical and contemporary design. Conceived by co-principals, Gerry Jue and Anne Wilkinson, the original concept reflects the multicultural flavour of the district while weaving in traditional Thai elements.