森林馆 The Forest Pavilion ©Rungkit Charoenwat
The Forest Pavilion currently functions as The Forestias sales gallery, and will be converted into a hub of residence society for sharing joyful moments. It also serves as gateway to the broad urban forest, which supports human delight. The project features 5m-tall waterfall, reflecting pond, stepped water feature, event lawn, amphitheater, nature walk and skywalks. The Thai style pavilion with butterfly roof symbolizes mixture of culture and nature.
森林馆在芳林城市中的具体位置 Location of Forest Pavilion in The Forestias ©TK Studio
总平面图 Master Plan ©TK Studio
The landscape concept embraces three objectives: planting the future of symbiosis with nature, immersing the wilderness, and balancing human activities and the growth of urban forest – by transforming rigid form of pavilion into the natural freeform of central forest.
森林馆设计概念图 Concept diagram of Forest Pavilion ©TK Studio
Visual effect has been carefully studied for variety of forest scenes, resulting tranquil picturesque landscape. The multi-layering landscape design maximizes the functional spaces, while putting the spotlight on the remaining natural softscape. Under the power of nature, the forest will continue to grow so that all users will be immersed with a sense of thriving forest and nature, various ecosystems and local biodiversity.
International standards of SITES, WELL, and LEED were implemented. Visitors will enjoy a refreshing living experience with nature among the urban fabric, which integrated sustainable design with high-quality modern lifestyle.
SITE CHARACTER & ANALYSIS
The site of the Forest Pavilion is relatively flat. With the existing clayey and poor drain soil, plant species has been meticulously selected to ensure that they will thrive successfully. Several design measures have been applied to tackle the site constraints—including flood and water tolerant plants, and tree pits have been designed with effective sub-drain system; and some tree have been planted on berms to raise their root balls above the water table.
Dense vegetation along the site boundary and landscape elevation has been incorporated to maximize the privacy within the Forest Pavilion.
森林馆剖面图：茂密植被与景观高程结合，保护场地内隐私 Sections of Forest Pavilion: Dense vegetation and landscape elevation are employed to protect privacy ©TK Studio
选择183种本土物种和23258株树苗组成宫胁生态林，提供丰富的生物多样性和更高的隐私。A mix of 183 indigenous species and 23,258 saplings are selected for creating Miyawaki eco forest, with dense layering canopy for greater biodiversity and higher privacy for all users. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
DESIGN CRITERIA & CONCEPT
The iconic Forest Pavilion with the shape of Sala Thai (Thai style pavilion) and butterfly roof structure represents the mixture of local culture and nature. The form of architecture has been simplified and transformed into the natural freeform of the central forest. Therefore, landscape elements, such as plaza, water feature, open lawn, reflect the idea of simplification of architecture to the loose form of forest, resulting a seamless flow of design between architecture and landscape. Subsequently, the butterfly-shaped building will be brought to life.
泰国风格展馆和蝴蝶屋顶结构的标志性建筑代表了当地文化和自然的融合。The iconic building with the shape of Thai style pavilion and butterfly roof structure represents the mixture of local culture and nature. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
After the sales period, the Forest Pavilion will be will be converted into a hub of residence society and an exhibition center for the public. Separated circulations and security control will be implemented with skywalks systems.
空中步行天桥系统，分离私人住宅和公共场所，可欣赏森林馆的全景，并俯瞰中央森林。Separated skywalk systems for private residences and public are designed for enjoying a broad view of the Forest Pavilion and overlook to the central forest. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
森林馆被生态森林环绕，游客可以从地面步行道和天桥上享受宜人的森林氛围。The Forest Pavilion is surrounded by eco forest. Visitors can enjoy pleasant forest atmosphere both from ground level walkway and the refreshing skywalk. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
The landscape design concept embraces three objectives: planting the future of symbiosis with nature, immersing the wilderness, and balancing the human activities and the growth of an urban forest. This dynamic landscape is a living paradise, where residents will become part of this evolving ecosystem, and they will have intimate connections with natural processes and memorable experience of the forest growth first-hand.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN & PROGRAMMES
As visitors arrive the Forest Pavilion, they will come in at the canopy tree plaza or reach the parking area with EV charging stations. When they enter the grand drop off plaza, visitors can see the special pavement design of leaves-shaped tiles imprinted on the plaza pavement, which represent the falling leaves from the feature trees—scattered and mark the threshold to the urban forest, with the background of the iconic building. The south wing will be used as reception lobby and administration; while the north wing will be used as show units.
For the 3-storey of show units, the visual effects have been carefully studied from indoor rooms to outdoor landscape to ensure the views of varying forest scenes as they move up or down the floors.
On the ground floor, many tree trunks standing among the vertical water feature will be seen, creating a soothing landscape scenery.
On the second floor, visitors will see the top of the waterfall feature for a pleasant vibe of urban forest.
On the third floor, visitors will be able to enjoy the dense, lush green canopies, while the visual barrier will ensure the privacy of the residences adjacent to the site.
Moreover, a 5 meters tall waterfall feature and the forest planting create a pleasant backdrop for the show units and screen out the residence pathway behind, resulting a tranquil picturesque landscape.
森林展馆是通往芳林城市更大绿色区域的入口，提供了体验与自然共存的原型的机会。它将成为一个分享快乐时刻的社区中心。The Forest Pavilion is the entrance gateway to the greater green areas of The Forestias, providing opportunities to experience the prototype of living with nature. It will be a hub of residence society for sharing of joyful moments. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
森林馆的景观设计将刻板的建筑格网形式转化为自然形式，并使之软化。与植物相结合的曲线台阶将带领游客进入多功能草坪和森林。Landscape design of Forest Pavilion is to transform and soften the rigid form of architectural grid into natural form. The curvilinear steps integrated with plants will lead visitors into the multipurpose lawn and the forest. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
The atmosphere changed from the rigid, manmade show units building as visitors walk towards the organic, natural landscape near the open lawn area. The signature trapezium unit of stones come from the simplified form of architecture, which will be stacked and arrayed as various combinations of seating areas, paths, and water features. Next to the event lawn, water flows from the water outlets to the stacking of water feature steps. Small water fountain jets have been installed at the lower step area to create a water play plaza for children. Stacks of water feature steps gradually scatter towards the lawn, creating the illusion of water flow and splash on the event lawn.
座位、小径和水景的各种组合 various combinations of seating areas, paths, and water features ©Rungkit Charoenwat
The project integrates and encourages visitors to access to nature through direct and indirect connection. The outdoor landscape has been designed to support functions, which will set in nature among lush planting design, and pleasant water features such as the waterfall. The landscape and planting are designed as sustainable systems to support each other, so the visitors can enjoy being in nature.
The glass cladded building will provide panoramic nature views looking out from the Forest Pavilion building. Nature will be reflected on the glass cladded building, seamlessly connecting the space indoor and outdoor. Meanwhile, the glass cladding of the building allows abundant natural light into most spaces of the Forest Pavilion.
自然将映射在玻璃幕墙建筑上 Nature will be reflected on the glass cladded building ©Rungkit Charoenwat
The team maximized the efficiency of spatial design by clustering functional spaces and introducing multi-layering landscape approach. Human controlled environment for social uses is limited to a certain extent, while putting the spotlight on the remaining natural softscape. The forest will continue to grow into a wilderness environment under the power of nature, so that all users will be immersed with a sense of nature, seeing and growing with the thriving forest, various ecosystems and local biodiversity.
A series of sustainable landscape design elements will be installed at the Forest Pavilion following the international environmental standards of SITES, WELL, and LEED. There will be 350 square meter of bioswale and 2230 square meter of eco forest as green and blue infrastructure to collect and filter the excessive rainwater and runoff. Paving materials have been carefully selected to fulfil environmental and safety design requirements. In addition, all plants species selected will attain the design standard of SITES, with the majority of low maintenance, less water required and non-invasive species.
一条863米长的令人愉悦的循环步道，鼓励人们在自然环境中行走。A 863m long loop of delightful circulation is provided to encourage people to walk in natural setting. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
绿色空间和蓝色空间，包括草坪、森林、滞留池和水景，都位于森林馆大楼 100 米的步行距离内，所有普通大楼的住户都可以使用。景观设计中采用了特殊的种植设计方案。在入口处，将种植雨树作为森林馆的地标。走进内院，将选择专门的植物种类组合，创造维护需求低的森林般的环境。游客可以沿着自然步道漫步到中央森林。
Green and blue spaces, including lawn, forest, detention pond, and water features are all located within 100 meters walking distance from the Forest Pavilion building and are accessible to all regular building occupants. Special planting design schemes have been applied in the landscape design. At the entrance area, feature Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr. (Chamchuri tree) will be planted as the landmark of the Forest Pavilion. When moving to the inner courtyard, a mix of plant species will be specifically selected to create forest-like environment with low maintenance requirement. Visitors can enjoy strolling along the nature walkways to the central forest.
立在垂直水景之间的树干提供了视觉屏障，创造一种排他感，同时它赋予瀑布舒缓和平静的声音，并将周围的自然映射到森林馆中。The tree trunks standing among the vertical water feature provides visual barrier to create a sense of exclusivity, while it gives the soothing and calming sound of the waterfall feature and reflecting the surrounding nature into the Forest Pavilion. ©Rungkit Charoenwat
Happiness—a simple yet powerful manifesto advocated in The Forestias project of living close to nature with urban forest at the center of the development. Residents will share mutual benefits with nature harmoniously, learning how to be part of nature and raising awareness to create a better and more sustainable world.
Forest Pavilion is the ideal living sanctuary that demonstrates the simple happiness of a secured quality of dwelling within the natural urban forest. A good quality of environment will nurture the best quality of people, eventually leading to a kind and warm society, and last but not least the perfect place for intergeneration families to enjoy living in this happy development.
设计单位：TK Studio 设计事务所
设计团队：Nantawan Sirisup, Punyada Klinpaka, Passaporn Shompoopun
Project Name: FOREST PAVILION, THE FORESTIAS
Location: Samut Prakan Province, Thailand
Landscape area: 11,435 m2
Client: Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC)
Landscape Architects: TK Studio Co.,Ltd.
Chief designer: Tawatchai Kobkaikit
Design Team: Nantawan Sirisup, Punyada Klinpaka, Passaporn Shompoopun
Design: 10/2018 to 11/2019
Date of Construction: 08/2021