Creating an emblematic presence for Australia in Thailand, with a design that blends modern Australian and Thai characteristics.
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.
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.
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.
Think Brick Horbury Hunt Award
Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) International Chapter Interior Architecture Award
- Office units
- Kitchen & dining facilities
- Meeting rooms
- 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