05 Jun VELAA / Architects 49 | ArchDaily
Text description provided by the architects. Sindhorn Village is a luxurious, mixed-use development in central Bangkok — a new landmark that will inspire modern, sustainable, urban developments. Stretching over 50-rai opposite the verdant Lumpini Park. The master plan also features a Super Green, a generous green space with a low-density ratio that will enhance its residents’ living standards. Sindhorn Village consists of the Sindhorn Residence condominium, Baan Sindhorn serviced apartments, Kimpton Maa-Lai hotel & restaurant, Sindhorn Kempinski hotel & residences, an art museum and the Velaa retail plaza.
Velaa Sindhorn Village is the fruition of A49’s award winning design. It weaves Sindhorn’s central Super Green’s lush green features into the urban fabric. The single-story semi-outdoor retail mall which merges with this green space includes cafes, restaurants, shops, services and a below-ground supermarket. Areas dedicated to community use, or “green courts” are interspersed throughout this complex.
The design of the retail buildings meanders 300 meters along Langsuan Road, around the established large trees, effectively creating a ribbon of shops and restaurants. This formation, along with the tall façade, makes each shop visible from the street, attracting customers. Open plan walkways allow for natural ventilation, eliminating the need for air conditioning. The perforated canopy roof over the shopping areas and pedestrian walkways is supported by branches of treelike columns to accentuate the experience of strolling in a park.
Rays of light seeping through the roof canopy of the five main courts shimmer and create shadows below like the pattern of leaves, allowing natural light to the interiors. Lighting design, both warm and welcoming, illuminates the night through the perforations like fireflies in an enchanted forest. Its organic form, extending towards the Lumpini Park, can be appreciated when approached from Langsuan Road, creating a memorable impression for visitors through the distinctively animated walking street.