Always ‘Open House’ at Central Embassy
Finding a perfect place to hang out with family and friends can sometimes become a hassle, even in a city like Bangkok, especially when this involves a lot of individual interests and tastes. But fortunately Central Embassy comes to the rescue with “Open House”, a new coliving space that has opened the door to customized urban lifestyles.
Designed as a multi-purpose facility, Open House is a new hub that would appeal to the urban crowds: families, foodies, bookworms, designers, or even digital nomads who are looking for a place to work. The clear glass panels together with the six-meter-high ceiling create a sense of vast openness while offering a breathtaking panorama of Bangkok.
Central Embassy’s Managing Director Barom Bhicharnchitr has his own vision of Open House: a place that would grow into one of the country’s top community and lifestyle attractions that encourages family and friends to bond with one another by spending time together and that ensures each individual can do and enjoy all the different things in their own ways within one multi-functional, 5,000 sqm co-living space.
This is why Open House is separated into eight zones, providing an area for every activity and catering to a broad demographic: “Eating Deck”, “Eat by the Park”, “Open House Bookshop by Hardcover”, “Co-Thinking Space”, “Art Tower”, Design Shop”, “Open Playground”, and “Diplomat Screens Embassy by AIS”. Delicately designed by renowned Tokyo-based design studio Klein Dytham Architecture, each zone displays elements and materials from nature alongside man-made objects to create a balanced ambience that’s in perfect harmony with the rest of the zones.
The Open House Bookshop by Hardcover leverages the high ceiling for extra levels and shelf space. The designers have made the interior look wider with mirrors adorning the ceiling and even added a fun touch by having 9,600 images of tree leaves handpainted on the ceiling and spread out across the whole venue.
Under the concept “Celebration of Print Culture,” the fine wooden furniture, which is liberally scattered about the place, exudes a feeling of warmth and coziness. Meanwhile, the book shelves that predominate throughout blend well with the bars and restaurants.
To add a “wow” factor, there’s a skylight that allows natural light to flood in and, in effect, softens the whole area creating an ideal environment for bookworms to spend time reading their favorite book.
One of the ingenious designs that stand out are the wooden towers that look like large square-shaped tree trunks. With more than 10 restaurants boasting fully equipped kitchens and extractor hoods, Klein Dytham Architecture did an exceptional job by adding these wooden towers, designed using unique patterns that emphasize the restaurants’ features. Patrons can choose to dine at the Eating Deck or Eat by the Park.
Artists would love to check out the Art Tower, a space specifically designed for artists to show their creativity, skills and artworks. Located under the building’s main skylight, the Art Tower features illuminated display shelves that artists can use to exhibit their masterpieces without any limitations.
Finally, the Open Playground is given a colorful touch with the dedicated “Kid’s Zone” hosting knowledge-based, educational and fun activities. For children’s entertainment, the playground has climbing blocks, a trampoline and the “Sea of Balls” while parents indulge themselves with a book, a meal, a coffee or a good conversation with family or friends. Overall, Open House is a real co-living space for all.
Central Embassy, Level 6
1031 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini
Tel. 02 119 7777