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May 2017

Park Hyatt Bangkok Opens, Celebrates Design

BANGKOK, Thailand

Park Hyatt Bangkok opened its doors on May 12, marking the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Thai capital’s central business district. The new-build hotel features an array of luxurious amenities and over 21,500 square feet of meetings and event space.

The five-star hotel contains 222 rooms and 32 suites, alongside two restaurants, a bar and a lounge.

The Park Hyatt Bangkok features contemporary architecture matched by luxurious residential interiors, curated art, world-class food and wine, and refined service, all coupled with a promise to offer uniquely Thai experiences that reflect the country’s rich culture, gracious hospitality and colorful lifestyles.

“We are excited to open Park Hyatt Bangkok in this incredible city that is full of culture, history and a rich sense of place,” said Michael Golden, general manager of Park Hyatt Bangkok. “Our goal is to make all of our guests feel welcome and very much at home with highly personalized, [sophisticated] service.”

Once the scene of elegant garden parties hosted by the British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, the prime corner plot in the heart of Bangkok is now home to the newest Park Hyatt hotel.

The interior design brief—to create a sophisticated private residence and sanctuary reflecting Thailand’s rich culture—was eloquently executed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the brand’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel. This is the award-winning design duo’s first hotel in Bangkok. AvroKO designed the three uppermost floors of the hotel’s Penthouse Grill & Bar.

“We found the perfect interior for Park Hyatt Bangkok is when all the parts—the lighting, materials, space, texture—work as a whole and you get this sense of calmness,” said designer Glenn Pushelberg.

Park Hyatt Bangkok’s architecture is designed by AL_A, the London-based studio founded by Amanda Levete and Bangkok-based Pi Design. The hotel and an adjacent luxury shopping mall are bound together by a continual looped form merging plinth and tower. The twisted coil forms a three-dimensional figure of eight, a lucky number in Chinese culture. Drawing on motifs and patterns found in traditional Thai architecture, the eye-catching facade is clad in extruded aluminium tiles, creating a shimmering moire-like pattern.

Similar to other Park Hyatt hotels, art is intrinsic to the experience. Two of Park Hyatt Bangkok’s most dramatic installations were created by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada. “Pagoda Mirage” incorporates hundreds of small, conical copper swirls, suspended en masse to evoke the reflection of a pagoda on water. Described as “equally striking,” is the “Naga” (Level 9), a series of batons suspended from the ceiling that resembles a mythical water dragon traveling between the pool and internal waterfall.

As the first Park Hyatt hotel in Thailand, the hotel created industry buzz well before its opening, earning the “Most Anticipated Hotel Opening” title in this year’s Travel Top 50 annual survey by Monocle. The project was scheduled for launch in 2014, but was delayed for three years due to “design issues.”

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