Are we looking at the new Dusit Thani hotel?
While Dusit Thani Group has yet to reveal its grand plans for the corner between Silom and Rama 4 roads, designs for the hotel have surfaced online that are reportedly by one of the world’s greatest architects.
The website Tomorrow AB recently published plans which it says are by American-Polish architectural superstar Daniel Libeskind. They show the Dusit Thani Bangkok reimagined as a soaring, shard-like glass complex.
Referred to on the website as “Project Dragon,” the development would include a five-star hotel, private residences, a new shopping center, and an office building.
Despite the plans appearing on Thai design website baanlaesuan.com, their only source appears to be Tomorrow AB, which describes itself as “a platform to promote unbuilt architecture.”
When requested for comment, the Dusit Thani Group would only confirm that the plans represent one of the proposals from last year.
Libeskind is most famous for designing New York’s One World Trade Center, at the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. He is also revered as one of the world’s boldest and most avant garde architects. In 1989, he won the commission to design the Jewish Museum in Berlin, whose sheer black walls and twisting angles became one of architecture’s greatest controversies when it opened in 2001.
Sadly, however, any skyscraper in Bangkok bearing Libeskind’s name would potentially be illegal. It remains against the law in Thailand to hire a foreign architect to design buildings (although projects such as Central Embassy, 72 Courtyard and MahaNakhon have famously been outed for flaunted that law by their architects’ portfolios).
Dusit Thani says that it will announce the final design for the area and its architect shortly.