Project name: Bangkok Marriott Hotel – The Surawongse

Location: 262 Thanon Surawong, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Date completed: April 2018

Architect: Palmer & Turner (P&T Group) Thailand

Interior Designer: PIA Interior Co Ltd

Hotel Developer: Marriott International

Construction Company: 1. Patum Interior Contractor. 2. Keen Interior Contractor. 3. W & S Interior

Bangkok Marriott Surawongse is a romantic narrative of Thai values, elegantly fused with contemporary etiquette, showcasing the theatrical expression of an auspicious way of living. The Hotel Lobby emerges as an open plan social space with a gallery-like quality, successfully exuding residential charm at a resplendent scale. Jewellery cases are mounted on pedestals to display artisanal crafts and artefacts. Grey Emperador adorns the floor with an expansive area rug to complete and soften the central node. Columns clad in Nero Marquina are backlit to add depth of layering, while a tempered glass graphic provides the perfect prelude to the narrative which follows. The Lobby itself is indeed person-centric with supporting functions organised intuitively on each side and wrapped in woven metallic fabric by Ausara to complete a look of serene elegance.

The Great Room, adjacent to the central core, acts as an extension of the open plan Lobby space. This space is the heart and soul of the hotel and is a hub of activity day and night. A feature island bar divides the space into two distinct zones, a lounge where guests can choose to relax overlooking the banquet lawn, and a discreet meeting space, incorporating a large private room which can be used as an informal business centre on occasion. The Great Room is more natural in appearance with oak floors complementing the colonial inspired paneled ceilings above.

The Guestrooms represent a rich sense of place infused with monochromatic modernity, set within a palette of off white and contrasting black accents. The rooms take their cues from the visual characteristics of old photography. A highlight of the rooms is the feature headboard, which is crafted in traditional ‘Lai Ratnam’ or gilded black lacquer. The motif reflects several figurative scenes composed in the form of one mural. This mural appears in many forms throughout the space providing a storied reference to the City’s historical past.

The Surawongse is a coming together of contemporary design and Thai values which serve to inspire, rejuvenate and enhance the guest experience. Effectively this allows the interior to be both visually spectacular and theatrical, as well as fully cognizant of Bangkok as a globally recognised contemporary City. The result is a meaningful response to an energetic way of living where the Interior comes alive and responds to a flexible, more cosmopolitan lifestyle choice.