Snøhetta, in collaboration with A49 Architects, have designed their most extensive project in Asia to date for MQDC, one of Thailand's leading property developers. The project is a 250.000 m2 mixed-use building in the upcoming CyberTech district of South Sukhumvit in Bangkok. The Sukhumvit district is one of Bangkok's centers and a central hub for street life. The area is easily accessible through public transport and offers amenities to cater to the needs and lifestyle of Bangkok residents. The Cloud 11 project will re-invent a part of Sukhumvit into a hub for innovation and tech companies in the city and provide the area with a large, green public space and spaces for artists, makers, and tech entrepreneurs. The scale of the project means that it becomes more than just a building, aiming to become a landmark – heralding the future of Thailand's renowned capital.
Accessible public space
Bangkok is known for its buzzing street life and historical and cultural landmarks; however, it also needs green spaces. Bangkok has one of the lowest amounts of public green space per capita in Asia, at under 7sqm per resident, compared to an average of 39sqm per resident across 22 major Asian cities. Responding to local initiatives for sustainability and livability, like Green Bangkok 2030 and Enter Bangkok2050, the project provides a space that will benefit the community, giving the public a 24-hour access to green spaces, cultural institutions, and modern amenities.
"We have had the opportunity to not only create a building, but a new neighborhood in the center of Bangkok. An urban artifact providing a thriving place for culture and creation and green public spaces that will improve the quality of life for people living in the South Sukhumvit area. With an increasing number of people moving into urban areas, it is crucial to develop communities fit to accommodate the needs of the future cities in a sustainable way, both socially and environmentally", says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Founding Partner of Snøhetta.