Come together: Foster + Partners’ new Bangkok quarter to promote multi-generation family life

Foster + Partners has revealed its designs for "The Forestias", a new residential quarter on the outskirts of Bangkok containing a large forest.

The architect said it addresses "the growing disconnect between contemporary city life and family traditions" and promotes nature, community and traditional, multi-generation family life.

"Traditional Thai families often have strong intergenerational ties that are being strained due to the demands of urban life, with the younger generation moving to the city for work while the children and the older members of the family remain at home," said Sunphol Sorakul, partner and director at F&P (Thailand), the architect’s Thai business.

"The Forestia’s masterplan takes inspiration from the layout of traditional Thai houses to create a contemporary interpretation in the form of a flexible community spaces, focussed on health and nature, that can expand and adapt as the needs of the family grow."

The site is divided into two zones, with the northern areas containing public functions and the larger southern portion given over to housing types ranging from towers to villas, catering to a varied market.

Three high-rise condominium buildings will accommodate smaller family units, while "cluster-home" residences cater to multi-generational families who wish to live together in homes that are easily connected.

By reducing boundary walls and hedges and creating plazas and courtyards, Foster + Partners aims to create shared spaces that encourage people to come together.

Image: The new quarter is designed to promote nature and multi-generational family living (Render supplied by Foster + Partners)

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