The unusual shape of a new hotel being built in Bangkok has caused panic among some city residents after rumours spread on social media that it is collapsing.
Lumpini Police Station’s superintendent Pol Lt-Colonel Duangchot Suwancharas said on Tuesday that he had received complaints about the building and dispatched his subordinates to check.
“We have found out that the rumours are not true. It’s just that this building is designed differently from others,” Duangchot said.
The building in question, in Bangkok’s Ploenchit area, will have 32 floors once construction is complete next year.
Dr Assawin Wanichkorkul, the technical director of the Rosewood Bangkok Hotel project, said he rushed to the construction site as soon as he heard about the rumours on social media.
“But the building has not subsided; neither is it collapsing. The rumours are groundless. There is not debris falling from the structure,” he said.
He explained that the building was designed to have a “3D feel”, with slanting parts “inspired by palms pressing together”.
Some construction workers heard the rumours from social media on Monday morning and initially refused to go to the work site. However, after receiving an explanation, they went back to work as usual.