THE TARA, (Thai: ธารา) the office building that was designed as “The Spirit of Water” – to imply the convergence of people’s hearts, integrating with nature and embracing diversity, unites them. With the aims for this new large office building to bring into being beauty, modernity, and to reflect the essence of the original area, named TARA PARK, we have chosen the inspiration of a ‘TARA’ (Water) as the primary inspiration in crafting this building at the heart of this area. It is approached as a ‘new natural spring’, emerging towards the sky and flowing down to the surrounding land, creating a sense of shade and dynamic movement for those who visit or pass by.
▼项目概览，overall of the project © Wworkspace
THE VOIDS AND AXES OF THE BUILDING
▼轴测图，axonometric drawing © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼总平面图，site plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
With the intention for the new building to serve as a centerpiece of the project, its architectural layout places paramount importance on the surrounding voids to create distinctive open spaces, allowing architectural expressions of beauty to convey in every direction. Specifically, the design incorporates green space around the building, shaping a lush wooded area to enhance the ambiance for both occupants and surrounding environment. Furthermore, the building’s axis is rotated 45 degrees from the external street orientation of the project, creating a distinctive and strong visual identity compared to the vicinity. It also facilitates integration with the large-scale Plaza and the front space of the project area.
▼鸟瞰，aerial view © Wworkspace
▼建筑的轴线与项目的外部街道方向旋转45度，the building’s axis is rotated 45 degrees from the external street orientation of the project © Wworkspace
THE BUILDING’S FORM
Driven by the project owner’s desire for a structure of suitable building height, along with considerations for maximizing internal space efficiency and the creation of a unique and meaningful identity. Hence, we decided to design a rectangular form, reminiscent of a pyramid’s tapering form to the sky. This shape embodies simplicity and purity, reflecting the unadulterated element of the water to serve as the primary visual image design. Also, we crafted the reflecting Pond at its base, complemented by a surrounding to accentuate the narrative of the water, fostering its tranquility and magnificence.
▼建筑由下向上逐渐缩小，the building shrinks from the bottom up © Wworkspace
▼由建筑看周围环境，viewing the surrounding from the tower © Wworkspace
▼分析图，analysis diagram © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼分析图，analysis diagram © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
To represent the element of the ‘Water,’ symbolizing serenity, our design intended an energy-efficient approach across all building’s surface. We’ve opted for highly efficient glass to regulate heat intake into the building, whilst enveloping the structure with an extra layer of aluminum sunshades. This augmentation significantly increases heat protection by up to 20.99%.
▼建筑外观，exterior view © Wworkspace
▼仰视建筑，looking up to the building © Wworkspace
▼外立面细部，facade details © Wworkspace
To reflect the abstract beauty related with the initial concept, the aluminum sunshades are crafted in a natural tone, featuring a twisting, directionless pattern akin to the free-flowing movement of water. When sunlight hits these aluminum sunshades, they generate varying hues along their twisting paths, responding to the changing times of day. As one moves around the building and observes its facade from different angles, the subtle shifts in these twisting lines reminiscent of a water slowly evolve, creating an ever-changing visual experience.
▼俯视底层花园，overlooking the garden © Wworkspace
▼花园鸟瞰，aerial view of the garden © Wworkspace
▼顶视图，top view © Wworkspace
BUILDING UTILIZATION SPACES
▼剖面图，section © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
The basement is strategically designed as a central space for the Conference Center, both internal and external usage of the organization. The layout features expansive staircases indoors and outdoors, designed for flexible purposes, seamlessly connecting the reception area on the first floor to the exterior walkways, ensuring convenient and cohesive linkage. Moreover, skylights are incorporated to introduce natural light throughout the underground level, complementing the surrounding areas. Natural stone walls are elegantly chosen as the primary surfaces to capture and diffuse the incoming natural light, fostering an ambiance of tranquility and warmth for occupants.
▼底层入口，entrance © Wworkspace
▼底层会议中心前厅，front hall of the conference center © Wworkspace
▼天窗，skylight © Wworkspace
On the 1st floor, we’ve designed a reception hall with a tall, transparent glass entrance to accommodate a large number of occupants. Looking out from the interior – onto the view of the surrounding gardens and parks that embraces the building.
▼接待大厅，reception hall © Wworkspace
▼入口，entrance © Wworkspace
▼楼梯，staircase © Wworkspace
▼空间层次，space layers © Wworkspace
On the 3rd and 4th floors, the co-working space is arranged with open-plan furniture to create a diverse atmosphere, fostering a relaxed and collaborative working environment. On the 5th – 21st floors are office spaces designed with dimensions conforming to Grade A office standards in terms of width and height, offering adaptability for future changes in functionality and layout. The 22nd floor is designed as a large meeting area intended for hosting banquets and annual conferences. It features a tall glass atrium and an exterior space surrounded by high glass walls, serving as a light filtration layer and providing excellent ventilation.
▼空中大厅，sky hall © Wworkspace
▼细部，details © Wworkspace
Apart from designing with the water concept, we also integrated the surrounding environment into the architectural narrative, such as the covered walkways outside the building. We drew inspiration from the waterway to bring together the story and surrounding community, using the concept of the organic line to create fluid pathways surrounding the building – through nature. We use natural materials like exposed concrete to be the primary elements in this design, aiming to immerse passersby in the narrative of this natural environment.
▼带有顶棚的人行道，covered walkway © Wworkspace
▼地下一层平面图，B1 Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼一层平面图，First Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼二层平面图，2nd Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼四层平面图，4th Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼二十一层平面图，21th Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
▼二十二层平面图，22th Floor Plan © Plan Associates Co., Ltd.
Project Name: The TARA
Programe: Office, Conference
Client: CP All Public Co.,Ltd.
Location: Chaengwattana Rd., Nonthaburi, Thailand
Size: 44,196 Sqm
Sustainability: Tree Platinum (On Process)
Civil Engr.: PSAA Consulting Engineer Co.,Ltd.
Mep. Engr.: EEC Engineeer Network Co.,Ltd.
Interior: P49 Design And Associates Co.,Ltd. ,
Landscape: Shma Co.,Ltd.
Contractor: Ch.Karnchang-Tokyu Construction Co.,Ltd
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