Open House, the co-living space on the sixth level of Central Embassy in Bangkok, was selected as the Most Beautiful Bookstore of 2017 at the Asian Bookstore Forum held recently in Chengdu, China.
It also recently won three PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards – Best Retail Development, Best Retail Architectural Design and Best Universal Design Development.
Managing director Barom Bhicharnchitr says it’s an “honour” to earn the recognition in China and “a great pleasure” to receive “three other important awards in the region’s biggest, most trusted and most respected real-estate awards programme.
“They are our motivation to develop Central Embassy to be even more quintessential for both local people and foreign visitors.
“The Most Beautiful Bookstore Award certainly proves that our bookstore is as fascinating as any we might see in other countries,” he said. “Open House was created in collaboration with the Klein Dytham Architecture, a world-class interior-design company, to have a great sense of openness and a close-to-nature ambience.
“It’s a community space where anyone can feel relaxed and spend time as they wish, with a vast floor, tall ceilings and gorgeous views all around. The 7,000-square-metre space is divided into eight zones, with eating areas, cafes, a bookshop and reading area, playground, art gallery, lifestyle shop and a co-thinking space including a private, fully equipped meeting room with and cinema. And it all seamlessly leads to the elegant Park Hyatt Bangkok.”
The Open House Bookshop by Hardcover is 880sqm and has as its concept “Celebration of Print Culture”. It appeals to readers with a Book Tower and Book Wall. There are books on art, design, photography, creative media, cooking and lifestyle.
The Book Wall has more than 20,000 titles, including new releases and limited editions from publishers around the world, all selective by Shane Suvikapakornkul, the bookstore’s managing director.