Avant-garde AIA Capital Centre embodies latest in green, cutting-edge technology
April 11, 2014 00:00
By The Nation
Costing an initial Bt6 billion to construct, the AIA Capital Centre building was designed by Beaumont Partnership in modern architectural style and using the green building concept in order to achieve landmark status on Bangkok's Ratchadaphisek Road.
The architectural practice in fact designed the centre to be a unique green building, featuring avant-garde design and cutting-edge technology that utilises every centimetre of space and offers a complete array of facilities.
Anucha Laokwansatit, general manager and chief investment officer of AIA Thailand, said AIA Capital Centre is an innovative office-tower project featuring 3-metre-high ceilings.
With its modern design and internationally recognised cutting-edge energy technology, tenants can save time and minimise overheads, he said.
AIA Capital Centre is one of AIA Group’s two large-scale office and retail complexes in Bangkok’s prime areas. It is due to be completed and launched around the middle of the year.
Situated on a spacious plot of land measuring nearly 10 rai (1.6 hectares), the 34-storey office tower offers 54,000 square metres of Grade-A office space for rent, nearly 5,000 square metres of retail space, and parking space for more than 800 cars.
The retail part of the complex will include a complete range of amenities, with banks, restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores and a fitness centre.
Located next to the new Stock Exchange of Thailand headquarters, AIA Capital Centre is convenient for those who commute by car due to its proximity to the highway, as well as for those who take the mass-transit system – as it is merely 50 metres from the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT underground station, and 1.8 kilometres from the main downtown Airport Rail Link station.
"To achieve our vision, AIA was looking for an architectural firm that best demonstrated its capability to handle the design brief and, more importantly, clearly understood and saw what AIA envisions. The Beaumont Partnership was selected due to the ability of its young architects, whose portfolio comprises numerous international projects, to flawlessly answer each and every demand," he said.
Royy Cheenprachar, joint country manager and partner of the Beaumont Partnership, said AIA Capital Centre’s design vision and thinking of a green building incorporated environmental and energy-efficient technology systems in the building design and construction.
For example, there is an imported exterior curtain-wall system, which uses three layers of insulated laminated low-emissivity (Low-E) glass to keep the building cool and protect against sound.
The lofty 3-metre ceiling height creates an airy, relaxed and spacious environment, which also allows more natural light into the offices, he said.
Meanwhile, column-free office floor plates using ‘core design’ technology provide offices with unlimited flexibility to design efficient lay-outs with unobstructed 14-metre-wide spaces that range from 1,780 to 1,900 square metres per floor.
Private inter-floor access panels allow the installation of internal staircases to link offices on different floors, creating a convenient time-saving and energy-efficient environment, he said.
Moreover, the Emergency Control Room is located at the top of the building, rather than conventionally underground, for an efficient centralised control system that runs from the top of the building to the bottom – and an energy-saving smart elevator system.
He added that with these outstanding points at global environmental standards, AIA Capital Centre’s design is pre-certified a Gold level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). This guarantees that the design improves and complements environmental needs in the area and contributes to a better quality of life.
"Another unique highlight of the design is the ‘facade lighting’. Consisting of energy-efficient computer-controlled exterior LED lights that create artistic light shows, it not only emphasises AIA Capital Centre’s standing as a landmark on Ratchadaphisek Road, but it also conveys the idea that it is an icon for businesses that is always moving ahead," said the joint country manager.