Snøhetta and MQDC present Cloud 11 in Bangkok, a large mixed-use innovation hub designed to establish a new model for sustainable urban areas. The project addresses the urgent need for green public spaces in Bangkok’s upcoming South Sukhumvit neighborhood. Developed in collaboration with A49 Architects, this is the most extensive project to date in Asia by MQDC, one of Thailand’s leading real estate developers. With construction already underway, the project is expected to be completed in late 2024.
Snøhetta’s Cloud 11 is an ambitious project that aims to transform a 250,000-square-meter area south of Sukhumvit in Bangkok into a vibrant hub of innovation and technology. Located in the upcoming CyberTech district, the mixed-use building will be conveniently connected to public transportation and offer amenities to meet the living needs of the city’s residents. In addition, architects will include a large public green space, as well as spaces for artists, makers and tech entrepreneurs. With its grand scale, the Cloud 11 project aspires to become a landmark for Bangkok, a symbol of the capital's bright future.
Despite being known for its street life and cultural sites, Bangkok has one of the lowest amounts of public green space per capita in Asia: only seven square meters per inhabitant, compared to the average of thirty-nine square meters per inhabitant in twenty-two other major Asian cities. To help improve sustainability and livability, initiatives such as Green Bangkok 2030 and Enter Bangkok2050 have emerged.
Cloud11 will feature raised gardens and a huge central lawn, never before seen in Thailand. In addition, the project will include a series of pocket parks, which will provide a place for local people to participate in various activities. Not only will the project be a source of comfort and resilience for the community, but it will also help to address environmental problems that are all too common in cities like Bangkok, such as air pollution and scarcity of green space.
A deep well cleaning system will also be used to treat water from an adjacent canal, and the landscape will be presented as an educational initiative to the public to promote more sustainable solutions. Patches of soil and vegetation have been strategically placed throughout the site to form an ecological corridor that will attract other species and increase the biodiversity of the site. These patches are different from others in the surrounding area.