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Iconsiam, stylized as ICONSIAM, is a mixed-use development on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.[1] It includes a large shopping mall, which opened to the public on 10 November 2018,[2] as well as hotels and residences. The 54 billion baht[3] (US$1.5 billion) project is being developed as a joint venture by Siam Piwat group, a Thai high-end shopping mall developer, MQDC Magnolia Quality Development, and Charoen Pokphand Group.[4] The complex will include two of the tallest buildings in Bangkok upon completion: the 52-storey Mandarin Oriental Residences[5] and the 70-floor Magnolias Waterfront Residences.[6]

ICONSIAM
ไอคอนสยาม
Iconsiam at Night.jpg
ICONSIAM on opening night
Location299 Charoen Nakhon Soi 5, Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong San, Bangkok, Thailand 10600
Coordinates13.726690, 100.510498
Opening date9 November 2018
Owner
ArchitectUrban Architect Co., Ltd.
Total retail floor area525,000 m2 retail floor space
No. of floors10 (including underground)
Parking5,000 cars
Public transit access
Websitewww.iconsiam.com
"The Icon of Eternal Prosperity"
ICONSIAM shopping complex, as seen from across the Chao Phraya River

Contents

FeaturesEdit

 
The first official Apple Store in Bangkok
 
Bangrak neighbourhood across the river as seen from ICONSIAM
  • 525,000 m2 of retail floor space[7]
  • Two shopping malls, IconSiam and IconLuxe
  • The first Siam Takashimaya department store in Thailand[8]
  • The first Apple Store in Thailand[9]
  • SOOK Siam, an indoor floating market[10]
  • A 3,000 seat auditorium/exhibition hall named "True ICON Hall", with True Corporation[11] (To be opened in July 2019).[12]
  • Icon Cineconic the cinema by Major Cineplex
  • ClubICON by Fitness First
  • Iconsiam Heritage Museum (River Museum Bangkok), a joint venture with The Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture of Thailand,[13] opening in July 2019
  • Two residential buildings, the Magnolia Waterfront Residences (315m and 70 floors, 300 units) and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, (272m, 52 floors, 146 units)
  • A riverside park with an area of more than 10,000 m2 along the Chao Phraya River and a riverside walkway[14][15]

ConstructionEdit

ICONLUXE Facade Engineering is the longest pleated glass façade in the world. ICONLUXE is one of the zones in ICONSIAM where the international luxurious brands are located. The purpose of this façade design is to make the store prestige ,but still gets along with innovation and Thai design. “Krathong” (the Thai handcraft) is the inspiration of the folding design. The architecture uses glass as the main material to dominant the contrast between strength and gentleness. The construction process was the important part as this project needed a professional world class supplier. Every pieces of glass are in 17-24 meters length and specially made from Germany.[16] Each pieces was made as its own structure which made this facade has no pole to underlie its weight.[17]Thomas Spitzer, project engineer explained that the structure exercises with the no frame “Super Clear” glasses with 24 meters height, hanging with no pole. The most complex component is each glasses was bevel in different directions which was very challenging for the structure engineering team. The most important part was the calculation of force of every pieces of glass, the ground and the construction. The purpose of construction of this super clear glass is to reflect the light and show the beauty of Chao Phraya River. Moreover this facade also compliments to the location and becomes the Iconic Architecture Landmark. ICONLUXE is the brand new innovation of Thailand.[18]

TransportEdit

As ICONSIAM is one kilometer from the nearest BTS Skytrain station, a monorail, to be completed in 2020,[7] will connect the complex to Krung Thonburi station on the BTS Skytrain Silom Line.[19] ICONSIAM has contributed about two billion baht to the rail project in exchange for the right to advertise on BTS carriages for the next 20 years.[20]

 
ICONSIAM information board about its public ferry

ICONSIAM is working with the Urban Design and Development Centre (UDDC) at Chulalongkorn University, the Marine Department of the Transport Ministry, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to upgrade four river piers—Sathorn, Ratchawong, Tha Dindaeng, and Ratcha Nevy—by June 2019.[20]

Four piers are built on site for private boats and public ferries.[15][21] Visitors can ride the ferry provided by ICONSIAM from various piers; Sathorn Pier, Sheraton Hotel Bangkok.

GalleryEdit

Grand openingEdit

Iconsiam reportedly spent one billion baht on its grand opening.[22]

Apple StoreEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Huge Bangkok riverside project unveiled". Travel Daily. 2014-07-02. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  2. ^ "Thai hearts united to create ground-breaking phenomenon" (Press release). ICONSIAM. 2018-10-30. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ Jitpleecheep, Pitsinee (10 November 2018). "Five years in making, megamall makes grand debut". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ "About Us". ICONSIAM. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ "The Residences breaks Bangkok property records". The Nation. 2017-03-15. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  6. ^ "ICONSIAM's super-luxury residences open for bookings". Pattaya Mail. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  7. ^ a b Yuda, Masayuki (16 November 2018). "Bangkok's $1.6bn megamall: Masterstroke or white elephant?". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  8. ^ Jitpleecheep, Pitsinee (10 November 2018). "Takashimaya makes splash at Iconsiam". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Apple Iconsiam opens in Bangkok" (Press release). Apple. 2018-11-10. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  10. ^ "ICONSIAM Press release; Gates to ICONSIAM mega city now open for the world to be enchanted" (Press release). ICONSIAM. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  11. ^ Jitpleecheep, Pitsinee (22 July 2016). "Iconsiam plans B2bn exhibition hall". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  12. ^ "ICONSIAM Press Release" (Press release). ICONSIAM. Siam Piwat. Bangkok Public Relations. p. 3. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ "ICONSIAM Spearheads Collaboration Between Government to Showcase the Artistic, Cultural and Historical Heritage of Thailand at 'ICONSIAM Heritage Museum'". Cision PR Newswire. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  14. ^ Rojanaphruk, Pravit (17 November 2018). "Opinion: Is Iconsiam an Icon of Prosperity or Disparity?" (Opinion). Khaosod English. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Seven Wonders at ICONSIAM". ICONSIAM. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  16. ^ ICONSIAM, and YOUTUBE. THE ICON SERIES | EP1 ICONLUXE Façade (Eng Sub) . October 2, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpzoibck4Yw (accessed February 1, 2019).
  17. ^ Seele. ICONSIAM - a new landmark of all-glass design. n.d. https://seele.com/references/iconsiam/ (accessed February 2019, 1).
  18. ^ ICONSIAM, and YOUTUBE. THE ICON SERIES | EP1 ICONLUXE Façade (Eng Sub) . October 2, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpzoibck4Yw (accessed February 1, 2019).
  19. ^ "New BTS Gold Line along Chao Phraya River expected in 2017". Coconuts. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  20. ^ a b Phataranawik, Phatarawadee (17 November 2018). "The Race for the River". The Nation. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Getting Here". ICONSIAM. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  22. ^ Hicks, William; Jitpleecheep, Pitsinee (2018-12-14). "As mall hype mounts, some question pace". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2018-12-14.

Coordinates: 13°43′36.1″N 100°30′37.8″E / 13.726694°N 100.510500°E / 13.726694; 100.510500