Winner: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Award: Merit Award for Architecture
Embracing Rosewood brand’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy, Rosewood Bangkok references cultural touchstones to create a hotel that reflects Thailand’s rich heritage and customs. Drawing inspiration from the graceful hand movement of the wai—the simple and elegant Thai gesture of greeting and welcome—two connecting high-rise structures are masterfully combined to create a dynamic form, revealing a tall, interior central opening. In keeping with the tropical environment, this atrium features lush, vertical terraced gardens, evoking Thailand’s famous caves and creating a unique guest experience.
The 159-room hotel includes two restaurants, an intimately scaled wellness spa, an outdoor swimming pool with herb garden, multi-sensory juice bar and fitness center, residential-style meeting rooms and ballroom space, as well as a top-floor speakeasy bar with DJ station, all of which show-case panoramic views of the capital. Among the mix of guestrooms are spacious “sky villas,” which feature lushly planted terraces and private plunge pools.
Located in Bangkok’s prime central business and hospitality district, Rosewood Bangkok is linked directly to the Ploenchit Skytrain Public Transit Station and forms an integral part of the recently developed node around Wireless Road that encompasses several embassies, new residential towers, offices, and high-end retail.