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DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON HOTEL SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK

Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok
Thailand
2013

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON HOTEL SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK

Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok
Thailand
2013

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON HOTEL SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK

Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok
Thailand
2013
The owner had acquired the existing hotel on Sukhumvit 26 with another plot of land connecting to the backside and facing Sukhumvit 24. The development aimed at building 2 hotel brands, a 5-star Hilton and a 4-star Double Tree, that share a common support facilities. The Hilton is to be totally new built while the Double Tree is to renovate the existing structure. The renovation of a 30 years old hotel into Double Tree Sukhumvit focused on the change of look and feel from an outdated design into a contemporary building faade to match the Double Tree brand image. While L65 was responsible as the architect of record, A49 was appointed to work on the faade design of both Hilton and Double Tree that are sister brands targeting different group of clientele. As Hilton targets more established clients, Double Tree caters for the more active as well as business oriented crowd. The design of the building internally and externally, therefore, reflects the intention to fit in with the specific group of guests. Some building faade treatments are intentionally repeated on both hotels to faintly hint that the two are somewhat related. The most distinct example would be the vertical white aluminum fins featured on Hilton faade was repeated on the ballroom window of Double Tree though with different effect. The challenge of the faade design of Double Tree was to adhere to building regulations that no major structural modification can be permitted and also how to achieve the contemporary look that match the brand image. Starting with the improvement of the porte cochere and lobby entrance through coordination with the landscape architect to simplify access sequence while opening up the visual contact towards the front door to welcoming guests. The big glass faade of the ballroom is cladded with vertical fins to change the look and addressing street view in conjunction with the change at the lobby level. The white vertical fins were designed to standout against several shades of gray background. These are the two elements of design that link to the faade of the Hilton, the sister hotel next door. The podium is capped with the long overhung roof covering the pool terrace reflecting tropical architecture that completes the street faade. The tower was accentuated with vertical white column to help it appeared taller and more slender than it actually is. The white columns were extended to cover the existing structure on the roof to clean up the skyline capping with horizontal flat roof similar to the podium. Clean geometric lines were composed to give the building a modern contemporary touch while maintaining oriental tropical presence befits its Bangkok setting. The interior design and planning of the hotel was stylized to be in contrast to the exterior architectural treatment. Working with the low ceiling condition of the existing structure, the interior designer created a cozy and warm residential like interiors to make guests feel like home away from home.
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