Like several other condominium projects, this venture is planned to build an excellent surroundings towards residents. Facing with quite a few constraints allow it to grow to be difficult for landscape architect to realize the developer’s expectation, as the location across the website that is certainly although inside the chaotic and polluted metropolitan region in Bangkok, the restrained budget inside the venture, coupled while using strict regulation of environmentally friendly location requirement.
These challenges inspired us to innovate and grow capabilities through this website, turning weak spot into potency that could gain too because residents but additionally the city limits healthy environment.
Blocs 77 is a affordable condominium undertaking positioned closely towards the sky-train at considered one of many busiest urban place in Bangkok. The challenge plot is 5,244 sq.m. and comprises of 467 housing items. The task is surrounded by many go shopping stores, shopping mall, and serene canal.
In the entrance towards the website, the task is experiencing a hectic street with all with the traffic congestion all day; while heading towards again again again while using web site, it really is dealing with a peaceful canal and an old available compound located on the reverse edge from the canal. The rising structure of real-estate improvement together the sky-train route has transformed the active low-rise households and retail outlet houses to make the higher-rise condominiums.
There will be the regulation of providing 6 meters fire engine route while with the constructing and also the requirement of on soil parking tons. All of which should be from a tricky working flooring. In structure to comply while using regulation and requirement, the mass of new condominium besides dominates its total tightly site and neighbors and also raises warm and glare reflecting on the building and hard places around the building on the surrounding context.
Other constraints that this challenge is confronting would have to be the flooding over the rainy season, the high groundwater stage tied for the website, and also the limited place or living spot on the service floor.
To overcome these constraints, our layout approach is focused on generating this task green as often as you possibly can so as to minimize the consequence in the heating and glare from your hard surfaces, raising the planting area on top of the present score level to not have the main basketball to speak to with the groundwater directly, and providing sunken space to control the flooding.
We make use in the concept of “tree canopy” as being a metaphor of nature which facilitates camouflage the development with green spaces horizontally and vertically.
1. Turning hard into green
In this project, fire engine route, parking a lot, and plaza areas are covered in permeable covering of turf pave and gravel. These materials support soften the environment visually, lower standard drinking standard normal water run-off, and make these areas become extra pleasant and welcome.
The silhouette manner on the tree canopy is employed in turf pave area heading towards arrival court which becomes a signature on the project. At the vertical aircraft with the building, we do the job closely with architect so as to track down the series of planters in the parking podium in addition to heading towards residential tower. The overhanging planters with the building fa� ade offer possibility for the residents to have closer to nature while the planters along with the parking podium help soak up carbon dioxide (CO2) from cars.
These vertical green things develop not simply the exclusive character in the building but a lot more lessen heat and glare with the building to its surrounding, and therefore, result in an excellent environment in the city.
2. Raising previously mentioned the water level
As the site location that is adjacent towards canal in the process as the change in urban planning while in the past permeable surface for the hard surface environment. These factors have an impact towards the high groundwater level in the site which leads on the problems in draining stormwater in towards ground, the enhance of water run-off, as perfectly as the survival of many seed kinds.
To solve the problem, we improve almost all in the planter areas above the ground by 450 mm. in get to stay away from root ball to speak to with the groundwater directly or submerge in the water throughout the heavy rainfall. These elevated planters aren’t applied for the reason that groundwater defense but are functioned as the sculptural seating, forming out of doors room for recreational purposes.
3. Edge Condition
This project is facing vital areas on two sides. One is a occupied streets in the the leading and yet another may be the tranquil canal with the back. Our approach is usually to keep the continuity on the green area along the two sides as often as it can be. At the front edge adjacent for the street, we propose to specify the boundary wall about 2 meters within the boundary line at some areas to offer shading green area for the public walkway.
This also creates the nice visible impact in the street for the development. A basic plastered and painted wall in random pattern creates a welcome frontage along the street. At the canal side, we produce a continuity open terrace, which embraced the canal environment.
At this area, the residents can relax in the tranquil back garden which enable it to benefit from the view with the canal as well as the old residential compound at the opposite side. This space would also benefit the general canalscape.
The swimming combine is constructed over the parking podium on 6th floor. The given space for the facility isn’t large enough to functionality the large proportion in the project residents. The artwork approach is intended to generate the space look larger while maintaining the performance on the swimming swimming pool.
We propose to camouflage all the pool functions (i.e. pool terrace, enjoy pool, and spa pool) under the water surface to be able to extend the water surface visually. One from the design characters of this pool could be the series of floating planters which sunken beneath the water level. These planters help create the feeling of swimming amongst swamp atmosphere.
5. Microclimate and Planting
Since the building mass dominates the major spaces on the project, taking out from the narrow strips along the northeast and southwest sides. Additionally, this gigantic building resulted in the blockage in the natural ventilation that need to be flowing from the canal towards front garden.
To do something about this particular problem, the semi-outdoor terrace is introduced to get in touch both areas together, making it possible for the wind to amount more continually and generating the channeling of vista towards the canal scenery.
The concept of plant selection which based upon the function of every specific area should match the canal ecology as well. “Giant Taro” (Alocasia macronhiza (L) G. Don) – the indigenous plant found along the canal along with the shade immune plant varieties – is employed along the southwest narrow strip space and “Broad Leaf Mahokani” (Swietenia macrophylla King) have to be employed along the southwest boundary wall to screen the store houses beside the project while “Thai Silk Bamboo” (Bambusa nana Roxb.) is mostly applied as being a screening plant along the northeast boundary wall which is adjacent for the future development and it is subjected to the solar throughout the day.
At the front garden where the foyer and parking lots are located, the plant selection at this area must help take in pollution effectively, furnish shade, and form the space on the arrival court. “Butea Gum Tree” (Butea monosperma O.Ktze.), “Indian Oak” (Barringtonia acutangula), and “Burmese Blackwood” (Dalbergia cultrate Graham ex Benth) would have to be the feature bushes very limited because of this area. These trees kinds contain fine leave texture permiting them to catch and block the dust. At the back in the site, we intended to keep the ecology in the canal equally as much as possible.
The existing “Loffy Fig Tree” (Ficus altissima Blume) offers besides shade to the surrounding but in addition attracts the insects (i.e. butterfly) to the project. To preserve the ecological patch, “Fiddlewood” (Citharexylum spinosum L.) must be used along the sunken terrace beside the canal. Moreover, the mixtures of water filtration plant species are employed along the canal bank so as to absorb greywater before discharging to the canal.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Landscape architect: Shma Company Limited
Project Team: Design Director: Yossapon Boonsom
Associate: Kantaya Kiatfuengfoo
Client& Developer: Sansiri PCL.
Photograph: Mr. Wison Tungthanya
Use: Condominium Garden
Site Area: 5, 244 sq. m
Building Scale: 28 Storey Building
Design Year: 2008
Period of Construction: 2010-2011
Blocs 77: Green Camouflage