BANGKOK—Park Hyatt Bangkok opened its doors today, marking the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand.
The interior design brief—to create a sophisticated private residence and sanctuary reflecting Thailand’s rich culture—was executed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the brand’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel. This is the duo’s first hotel in Bangkok. New York-based AvroKO designed the three uppermost floors of the hotel’s Penthouse Grill & Bar.
Park Hyatt Bangkok’s architecture was designed by AL_A, the London-based studio founded by Amanda Levete and Bangkok-based Pi Design (consultant architect of record). The hotel and an adjacent luxury shopping mall are bound together by a continual looped form merging plinth and tower. The twisted coil forms a three-dimensional figure of eight, a lucky number in Chinese culture. Drawing on motifs and patterns found in traditional Thai architecture, the façade is clad in extruded aluminium tiles.
Similar to other Park Hyatt hotels, art is intrinsic to the experience. Two of Park Hyatt Bangkok’s most dramatic installations were created by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada. “Pagoda Mirage” incorporates hundreds of small, conical copper swirls, suspended en masse to evoke the reflection of a pagoda on water. “Naga” (Level 9) is a series of batons suspended from the ceiling that resembles a mythical water dragon traveling between the pool and internal waterfall.