Designs revealed for The Forestias in Bangkok
Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners create residential development uniting city and family life
TenderStream members Foster + Partners have revealed designs for The Forestias, a new residential-led masterplan on the outskirts of Bangkok. The pioneering development addresses the growing disconnect between contemporary city life and family traditions, underpinned by the idea of health and wellbeing. It focusses on the themes of serving the community, promoting multi-generational family co-living and reconnecting with nature, providing a template for healthier and happier urban living in Thailand. The entire development is based on smart city principles, with autonomous vehicles, smart meters and sensor networks.
The site is divided into two zones, with the northern areas containing more city level public functions, while the larger southern portion is primarily residential in nature. At the heart of the site is a forest that defines the essence of the development. The Forest Pavilion showcases the project's central vision, featuring a canopy walk on an elevated platform that extends into the central forest green.
The southern portion of the site contains a range of different housing types, including high-rise condominiums that suit smaller family units, villas for extended, multi-generational families and residences catering for the needs of older residents, with lifetime care services. The blurring of boundaries at neighbourhood level is achieved by visually reducing boundary walls and hedges and creating shared spaces.
Sunphol Sorakul, partner and director at F&P (Thailand) stated: “Traditional Thai families often have strong intergenerational ties that are being strained due to the demands of urban life, with the younger generation moving to the city for work while the children and the older members of the family remain at home. The Forestia’s masterplan takes inspiration from the layout of traditional Thai houses to create a contemporary interpretation in the form of a flexible community spaces, focussed on health and nature, that can expand and adapt as the needs of the family grow.”
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