Site: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Conceptual Design
Client: Terra Garden Corporation
Stem cells treatments are a type of therapy that introduces new cells into damaged tissue in order to treat a disease or injury. Most medical researchers believe that stem cells treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. The ability of stem cells to self-renew and give rise to subsequent generations that can differentiate offers a large potential to culture tissues that can replace diseased and damaged tissues in the body. Thailand and the city of Bangkok leads research on stem cell experiments because of the legal and political flexibility of its governmental legislations.
Terra Garden Towers is a new and unique program of hospital, hotel and apartments for the patients of stem cell treatment in Bangkok. Terra Garden Towers rearranges two very familiar typologies, slab and tower, into a unique configuration. The close proximity of the two towers to one another creates and promotes multiple dynamic public spaces and views from the ground up. The bridging public space occurs where the towers merge creating structural and programmatic connections.
The twisted towers maximize frontal views to the Chao Phraya River, the growing city, and the historical monuments of Bangkok. In effect, the twists multiply corners and thus panoramic views. All residents in these towers will occupy rooms and residences which will offer unique spatial experience.
Terra Garden Towers employs a systematic and rational structural strategy with each floor-plate allowing for a variety of apartment unit configurations, ranging from boutique to mid-size. By setting up superlative views, different urban alignments are formed. The pleated exterior walls and structures create an inherently stiff outer surface, which frees the cores from the burden of lateral forces and radically reduces the roles of cores in shear capacity.
The floor to ceiling window-wall assembly allows for the economical construction of the towers’ twisted forms which provides both aesthetic and environmental effects: shading the towers from glare and heat, yet allowing for directed views from within the units.
At the ground level, the urban water gardens and park link the Terra Garden Towers with the Siriraj Hospital Complex. The elevated base slab is designed to filter and channel water runoff from the towers and create a natural connection and a more sustainable interface with the Chao Phraya River. The elevated base contains public programming, including retail, in order to connect the towers to one another and with the urban condition of the city.