Somdoon Architects' IDEO Morph 38 is a new green-walled high-rise that offers an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok. Located in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the development consists of two separate towers, each of which has been designed to target a particular type of tenant. A green skin covers the building, which provides shading, but more importantly, changes and adapts in order to control what can be seen in and out of these buildings. Find out what each of the towers has to offer after the break.
The smaller ten-story tower is called Skyle, and it targets singles or young couples with the smallest unit footprint being just 23.3 m2 (76.4 square feet). Apartments in this building have a small footprints in order to control the overall unit price and make them more affordable for those with smaller incomes. The duplex apartments are expressed vertically to achieve a 5.4m (17.7 m) floor-to-floor height, with a full-height cabinet along the wall to help maximize storage space.
The taller thirty-two-story tower is called Ashton. It is targeted at families, and it emphasizes horizontal and cantilevered spaces. The unit sizes and types vary from single bed to two bed duplex units with private swimming pools and gardens. A 2.4m (7.8 feet) cantilevered living space lies at the heart of the space, with glazing enclosure on three sides providing an expansive view outside. There are also semi-outdoor balconies which are flexible in nature, easily transforming between a conventional balcony and an extended indoor living area.
On the outside, a folding “bark” envelope visually connects the two towers, wrapping around from the west of the Ashton tower, to the east of the Skyle tower in front. This outer skin is constructed from a combination of precast concrete panels and a plant wall, signifying the relationship between the landscape and the building.
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