Central Plaza Ladprao

Repositioning of one of the first South East Asian mixed-use complexes.


Location:  Bangkok, Thailand
Client : Central Pattana Public Company Limited
Size : 130,000 m2
Completion : 2011


Lead Architect, Mixed-use Master Planning, Retail Planning, Architecture, Interior Design

One of the first South East Asian mixed-use complexes of shopping, offices, hotel and convention centre, built in the 70’s, has gone through major expansion and repositioning. With an entirely new look and content, its 6-storey shopping mall component has expanded to incorporate former parking areas and lower office floors in a total of 130,000 sqm of comprehensive renovation. The fresh contemporary look and feel of the new design is inspired in the history and success of its owners. The revamp of what was their first venture into property development is here symbolically celebrated as fruitful seeds that over the years have sprouted and grown into prosperous trees.

The new eye-catching folding façade wraps around the building with new entrances, display windows and digital screens. Interior spaces feature natural smooth curvy forms and the right combination of warm materials and natural light made possible by the implementation of previously non-existent skylights.

Behind the pleasing shopping atmosphere lies a careful retail planning design process where attention to detail was paramount: from vertical circulation flows, void shapes and visual integration between floors through to lighting, kiosk and shop front design, it all came together to turn the briefing into reality.