Siam InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, aerial view

Title

Siam InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, aerial view

Description

The hotel was built by architect Joseph Salerno. A pyramidal-shaped building flanked by two wings, the Siam Inter-Continental was informed by the exoticism of Bangkok’s Grand Palace complex. Salerno did not want to “copy local designs since he thought of them as intrinsically royal or religious in nature." Rather, "he would incorporate individual local motifs into the finished product.” “To emphasize relationship of the hotel buildings with large garden spaces, he created two low-rise wings of bedrooms surrounded by ponds, lawns and plantings, connected by outdoor walkways to a dramatic four story high, elongated pyramid shaped central building with an orange tiled roof.” The main building and roof were controversial, and reminded Prince Kukrit Pramoj of a crematorium. The expectation was to see an “ultra-modern high rise” since the hotel was constructed by an American company. (Quotations from A Room with a World View).

Hotel closed in 2002

Interiors designed by Neal Prince.

 

Creator

Salerno, Joseph P.

Contributor

Prince, Neal A.

Date

1966

Subject

Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts
Hotels--Thailand--Bangkok

Rights

Neal A. Prince Special Collection & Archives, New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY, United States

Coverage

Bangkok, Thailand

Files

Bangkok_Hotel_Aerial View 001.jpg

Citation

Salerno, Joseph P. , “Siam InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, aerial view,” Designing the Luxury Hotel: Neal Prince and the Inter-Continental Brand, accessed January 27, 2023, https://nealprince.omeka.net/items/show/69.

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