Ayaka Sato

M.Arch 2023. The Bartlett School of Architecture. UCL. United Kingdom
The Central Pier of Bangkok.

The project explores a novel timber structural system for a new central pier-interchange hub in Bangkok, Thailand. Sited along the city’s major river, the proposal revives the floating market culture in the urban context as a new typology.

As the city approaches its 250th anniversary, the pier centre is recreating the distinctive geometry of Thai vernacular roofs that are climate responsive with contemporary timber construction technologies to serve as the city’s new landmark.