Project Details

Location:   Bangkok, Thailand
Client: Sukhumvit City Mall Co., Ltd.
Size:   57,000 sq.m. of retail area
Year: 2011 – 2015
Architect of Record:  

LEESER Architecture
Design 103 International Co., Ltd.
Duangrit Bunnag Architect Ltd.

RDG Services:

Overall Retail Design Co-ordination
Interior Design Construction Drawings
Site Supervision

Project Description

EmQuartier brought a new approach to ‘high-end’ retail shopping in Bangkok.  The Mall Group had the initiative to create a new retail destination district for Bangkok around their current Emporium Shopping Centre and EmQuartier.  Eventually this district will include a third part of the retail jig-saw known as Emsphere.  All will be linked to the existing BTS rapid transit which runs through the heart of the CBD district in Bangkok.

EmQuartier is a group of three buildings connected by bridges and centred on a landscape avenue.

The complex is unique in a retail design that separates the main retail building horizontally into two retail sections.  The lower floors concentrate on ‘high-end’ shopping and the upper floors concentrate on restaurant areas.  These food areas are on multiple floors that are liked by a ‘helix’ internal walkway inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

An open garden separates the two sections of the building with great views of Bangkok.  Escalator and elevators provide a connection to the upper level food and lower level retail areas.

It is an astonishing building that has taken retail planning and design to the next level.