— When Thai monarch, King Rama, founded Bangkok in the late 18th century, he bestowed upon the bustling waterway that ran through his new capital a title fit for royalty — “Chao Phraya” (the River of Kings). Settlers to the city built their homes along the river’s banks, its waters providing the maritime access essential for commerce as well as the fish to feed a growing population. Today, Chao Phraya remains a busy thoroughfare. The living space that has built up aside its shores however is vastly different.

Living on the river affords you the ability to have a space like this which could be a resort
Hans Brouwer, design consultant

This transformation is no more apparent than at the edges of Khlong Ton Sai, a formerly barren neighborhood on the river’s western banks. It is here that “The River” — an aptly named tower of condominiums and luxury living space — soars above the bustling waters and streets below. At 256 meters (840 feet) tall, the giant structure is 6 meters (19 feet) taller than Chao Phraya is wide, making it the tallest residential building in Thailand. For Hans Brouwer, the Thai-Dutch design consultant behind the project, The River is a potent symbol of modern Bangkok — a vibrant metropolis that can offer spectacular accommodation at cheaper rate than other big Asian cities. Lush gardens and quiet pools in the facility grounds maintain the feel of an urban oasis amidst the surrounding concrete jungle. “Living on the river affords you the ability to have a space like this which could be a resort if you did not have this poster which is the city of Bangkok,” Brouwer explained. “It has that 5 star feel.”

A new track

A key component of Bangkok’s riverside regeneration and the rise of facilities like The River has been improved transport links, Brouwer explained.

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Marvel EDGE, Pune An Eco-friendly Architecture

Marvel Realtors, one of India,s most widely recognized names in real estate circles for creating premium lifestyle apartments, in its endeavors to make superior offering to its customers, collaborated with Singapore based architectural firm H.B Design Pvt Ltd to create world-class project in the country. Recently, the group has won the best energy conservation project for its ‘Marvel Edge, in Pune by MEDA (Maharashtra Energy Development Agency) in the architects and builders category. Designed by Architect Hans Brouwer, the project scored 84.5 points out of 100 on an assessment based on energy efficient design, design procedure, scientific methods adopted in construction and design.

The Mega-structure

Located at Viman Nagar, Pune, Marvel Edge is a 40m high mixed used office building, being created with a combination of graceful lines, dramatic spaces, exceptional architecture with intelligent planning and maximum flexibility. The project features some of the most unique and innovative design and construction procedures that result in higher energy efficiency. From state-of-the-art infrastructure to environmentally sustainable designs, management systems that controls advanced automation and security systems, natural lighting, breakout spaces, exceptional architecture and maximum flexibility, Marvel Edge truly is the workplace of the future.

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President Place, a new office building in the city centre, is Ho Chi Minh City’s greenest project. Michael Tatarski finds out why.

Contemporary Ho Chi Minh City isn’t especially known for its architecture. Most of the old French buildings have been torn down, and many areas of the city look identical, packed with tube houses and hastily constructed concrete towers. But the people behind President Place, located at 93 Nguyen Du in District 1, are working to bring something unique to the city.

Sapphire, the building’s developer, set out to create the greenest building in the city, and their effort has paid off in the form of a LEED Gold certification. LEED is a system designed by the US Green Building Council to determine how environmentally friendly buildings are. President Place is the first building in the city to receive this status.

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