"High-level of design intellect and great consistency of detail"
Richard Hancock, OPO, Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Australian Embassy Bangkok

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Details

Client
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Location
181 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
Completion
June 2016
Value
$194,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

15,450m² GFA

Description

Creating an emblematic presence for Australia in Thailand, with a design that blends modern Australian and Thai characteristics.

DESIGN

The Australian Embassy, located within the embassy quarter in central Bangkok, is designed to be an emblematic new presence for Australia in Thailand.  The design reflects a blend of modern Australia and modern Thailand and forms a potent symbol of the cultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

THREE BUILDINGS

The project comprises three buildings: the chancery, Head of Mission’s residence and the entry and guardhouse pavilion.  Three brick colours have been chosen to signify the different functions of the buildings – the guard house is a dark earth coloured brick which contrasts the chancery terracotta and the blue-black brick of the ambassador’s residence.

INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE

The embassy compound has been designed as an integrated landscape with the buildings, the lagoon and the soft planting. Environmentally sustainable design is incorporated into the design of the embassy with careful consideration to both local Thai practices and regulations as well as Australian best practice environmental design.

The interior of the chancery is designed around a central light filled atrium, while the interior of the Head of Mission’s residence has been designed to engage as seamlessly as possible with the external landscape with large glazed walls.

 

 

Location

181 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand

Awards

2018
Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture
Think Brick Horbury Hunt Award
Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) International Chapter Interior Architecture Award

Brief Elements

  • Office units
  • Kitchen & dining facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Storage
  • Safehand

Summary

  • Form of chancery is derived from landforms of Australian desert; deeply recessed windows mimic the erosion across the surface of Australian landforms such as Uluru.
  • Integrated landscape with the buildings, lagoon and soft planting form a composite whole
  • Chancery and Residence buildings are surrounded by water; reflecting the landscape character of Australia and the khlongs in Bangkok
  • Landscape designed in collaboration with local landscape architect and The Beaumont Partnership to ensure cross cultural presence to site
  • New embassy lagoon designed to re-house the carp and turtles of the existing Australian embassy

Consultants

The Beaumont Partnership
Local Architect and Landscaping
Taylor Thomson & Whitting
Civil and Structural
WSP
Services
WT Partnership
QS
Wilkinson Murray
Acoustics
Eric Martin and Associates
Access (DDA)
Fire Safety Science
Building Surveyor (Design Development)
WSP Australia & McKenzie Group
Building Surveyor (Documentation)
Waterforms Australia
Water Elements
Tri-Arc Enterprises
Kitchen