Bangkok's tallest building designed as friendly to environment

Real Estate October 17, 2014 01:00

By Somluck Srimalee
The Nation

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The "Super Tower", which will be the tallest building in Asean when it is completed in 2019 by Grand Canal Land (GLand), is designed as an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient facility.

It has been developed in line with the requirements for platinum certification of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme. The project is designed by Thai company Architect 49.
To ensure compliance with the LEED, GLand has paid significant attention to details in all stages from design, to construction, and to the post-construction period.
Insulated glass is to cover the exterior of the Super Tower.
Inside, a highly efficient air-conditioning system will use variable air volume to ensure a constant temperature. Energy-efficient materials will be used, and solar cells will be installed to generate some electricity for the building.
Moreover, bicycle parking will be available, as will bathrooms to help cyclists clean up after travelling to the office, further encouraging them to choose this energy-saving transport mode.
G Land has recruited Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the world’s top experts in tall buildings, as the consulting firm for its Super Tower.
G Land chairman Yotin Boondicharern said the Super Tower would be a mixed-used project divided into three zones. First, it will have high-rise space for premium offices. Target groups are the banking, insurance and securities-trading industries, as well as brokering, fund-management financial counselling services. This building aims to be a hub for Asean regional headquarters.
Second, the Super Tower will include a six-star hotel to accommodate the world’s top-class guests. 
Third, it will have an observation deck to allow visitors to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Bangkok from the city’s tallest building.
Construction will start at the end of this year and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Project details
Property type: Mixed-used project
Construction area: 320,000 square metres
Number of storeys: 125; height 615 metres
Architecture: Architects 49 Ltd
Structural engineering: KCS & Associates Co Ltd
Mechanical and electrical engineering: EC Engineering Network Co Ltd
Design consultant: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP