Forest Pavilion, The Forestias

TK Studio Co. Ltd.
26. October 2021
Photo: Weerapol Singnoi (All images courtesy of v2com)

The Forestias is one of the largest property development projects in Thailand. The highlight of the project is a 48,000 square meter of urban forest at the center of The Forestias, connecting all developments within the site to create a healthier and happier living for all residents.

Project: Forest Pavilion, 2020
Location: The Forestias, Samut Prakan, Thailand
Landscape Design: TK Studio Co. Ltd.
  • Lead Landscape Designer / Managing Director: Tawatchai Kobkaikit
  • Landscape Design Team: Nantawan Sirisup, Punyada Klinpaka, Passaporn Shompoopun, Nottaporn Gatewattanatorn, Patcharanat Phokhinthanasiri, Nikom Mangiew, Sirikun Thirawatthanaset, Tummanoon Jaitheing, Wasin Somsak
Architect: Foster + Partners
Local Architect: DT Design
Interior Designer: BUG & DT Design
Structural / Civil Engineer: EEC Lincolne Scott
MEP Engineer: EEC Engineering Network
Lighting Specialist: APLD
Hardscape Contractor: Christiani & Nielsen
Softscape Contractor: CPS
Quantity Surveyor: AECOM
Sustainability Consultant: Atelier Ten
The Forest Pavilion (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

The Forest Pavilion is located in The Forestias, which currently functions as the sales gallery, and will be converted into The Forestias Ecosystem Learning Center for sharing knowledge of forest ecosystem, and be a hub of residence society for joyful moments. It is also an entrance gateway to the broad forest zone of The Forestias, providing a prototype of living with nature.

Grand entrance and drop off (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

Our commitment is to support happiness and wellness of the users and create an immersive experience of living with nature, which is achieved by utilizing the research as design strategies. From those findings, we decided to dedicate the majority of the area as green space that can be seen from every angle of the Forest Pavilion, and demonstrate the potential benefits of nature that integrate and encourage users to access to nature to support human interaction with nature.

Waterplay area at stepped water feature (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

The landscape concept is “Symbiosis with Nature,” which embraces three objectives: planting the future of symbiosis with nature, immersing the wilderness, and balancing human activities and the growth of urban forest. This is achieved by transforming the rigid form of the pavilion into the natural freeform of central forest, maximizing privacy for all users and residents, providing the authentic experience of living in the forest, and providing happiness of living with nature.

Five-meter tall waterfall (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

The Forest Pavilion is intended to be a testing lab for symbiosis with nature, so the essences of nature have been integrated with landscape design at the Forest Pavilion, where users can have a unique experience of nature in an urbanized form. Plus, delightful walkway and skywalk are designed to attract people go outdoor and to enjoy the quality of natural environment with tranquil picturesque landscape.

Nature walk (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

At Forest Pavilion, the scale of natural environment here has been extended further beyond any typical urban environment. By creating Miyawaki Eco Forest, this dynamic forest-like landscape is a living paradise creating biodiversity that will grow and evolve along with the current and future generations.

Bird's eye view of the canopy walk (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

International standards of SITES, WELL, and LEED were implemented. Residents will enjoy a refreshing living experience with nature among the urban fabric, which integrated sustainable design with high-quality modern lifestyle.

Canopy walk and waterfall (Photo: Rungkit Charoenwat)

Happiness—a simple yet powerful manifesto advocated in The Forestias. It is the ideal living sanctuary that demonstrates happiness of dwelling within the urban forest. A good quality of environment will lead to good health and longevity of residents, and it also create a kind and warm society for generations of families. Residents will share mutual benefits with nature harmoniously, learning to be part of nature and raising awareness to create a better and more sustainable world. Hopefully, this can be a turning point of housing developments in the country and lead to a series of high-quality housing projects.

Location of the project (Image: Google Earth)
Masterplan of The Forestias development (Image: TK Studio, Google Earth)
Masterplan of Forest Pavilion (Image: Weerapol Singnoi, TK Studio)
Concept diagram (Image: TK Studio)
Eco-Forest planting technique diagram (Image: TK Studio)

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