|Project Name||The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon||Posted in||Hotels, Design, Interior Design||Location||
114 Thanon Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra
|Artist||Jaime Hayon||Completed||July 2022||Rooms||155|
When it came to finding a location for their Asian flagship in Bangkok, Thailand, design-led hospitality brand The Standard couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate venue than the iconic King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper. Known as the ‘Pixel Tower’ and ‘Tetris Building’ due to the pixelated ribbon that swirls around its exterior, the Ole Scheeren-designed, 314-metre-high, mixed-used edifice perfectly encapsulates the brand’s “anything but standard” ethos. Opened to the public in July, the five-star The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon has brushed aside the city’s typical Thai-inspired, zen-like, ultra-minimalist luxury hotel interiors in favour of a multicoloured, whimsical aesthetic in reflection of Bangkok’s cultural melting pot status as well as The Standard’s global roots, courtesy of Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon and the brand’s in-house design team.
Drawing inspiration from the city’s vibrant art scene as much as from traditional Thai crafts, Hayon has applied his maximalist design language of round corners, voluptuous forms, graphic patterns and vibrant colours across the public areas and 155 rooms and suites. Four distinct restaurants, a trippy tea room, Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar and a lush pool deck overlooking the city enhance the multi-layered allure of Hayon’s design, which effortlessly transitioning from urban-boho, to Art Deco revival, to vintage glam, imbuing The Standard Bangkok with a performative sense of wonderment that both stimulates and inspires.
Hayon’s signature sense of playfulness, compositional dexterity and eye for detail are evident throughout. In the lobby, an intricate canopy of locally handmade rattan lamps is matched with the nature-inspired terrazzo flooring, emerald green hues and tropical greenery. Somewhat clubbier in tone, “The Parlor”, a relaxing social hub where guests can work, eat and drink from early morning to late at night, features an eclectically curated collection of vessels and objects by local and international artists. Conceived as a playful juxtaposition of contemporary and traditional pieces, the collection is complemented by sumptuous swathes of dark green, and red and navy-blue accents. Regularly hosting author talks, cocktail parties, lectures and live DJ sets, this is where the hotel’s heart beats.
“Tease”, an intimate tea room inspired by Josef Hoffmann’s geometrical forms and 1920s Viennese cafés, is dizzyingly swathed in black and white stripes and patterns. “Mott 32”, Thailand’s first outpost of Hong Kong’s most celebrated Cantonese restaurant, is a more subdued affair, with the designers opting for an Asian colonial aesthetic, while for “The Standard Grill”, an American brasserie taking its cue from the brand’s celebrated original in New York’s Meatpacking District, offers a spin on mid-century modern style with ubiquitous rounded corners, veneer wood wall panelling and Catalan vaults clad in glazed tiles.
Unabashedly retro-glam, the Mexican-inspired restaurant “Ojo” is a riot of rose-gold reflections, fluted surfaces and earthy-hued velour upholstery. Helmed by Guadalajara-born chef Francisco Paco Ruano, the restaurant offers creative twists on authentic Mexican cuisine alongside panoramic views of the city from the 78th floor. As spectacular are the views from “Sky Beach”, the city’s highest rooftop bar which mixes downtempo beats with a hard-hitting cocktail selection from one of Thailand’s most celebrated mixologists.
Underpinned by a neutral colour palette of white, cream or beige tones, the guest rooms, which range from snug studios to a 144-square-metre penthouse, are imbued with a serene ambience, while plushily upholstered voluptuous furnishings in vibrant hues, globe lights and rounded corners inject Hayon’s signature playfulness. Exquisitely detailed, from the bespoke rattan wall panels with integral lighting, to the shimmering metallic finish of the arched alcoves, to wardrobe doors incorporating tinted glass panes, every element has been artfully designed.
Undoubtedly though, the main attraction in every room are the wide views of the city, courtesy of the skyscraper’s glass curtain walls. Having just won the AHEAD Award for the Best Hotel, New Build in Asia, only a couple of months since its official opening in July, The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon’s future looks bright.