Japanese Art Gems on Show at Park Hyatt Bangkok

03.06.2019

WordsRebecca Zissmann

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

From the hallway ‘Pagoda Mirage’, by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada, sets an arresting tone. His nebulous swirls of copper cones suspended at the heart of the central staircase recall a Thai pagoda. The Park Hyatt in Bangkok makes a big impression with this installation, which is made even more striking by the bareness of the stairs, the walls and the floor, which are all covered in sandblasted concrete. Art is more than ever given a platform by this luxury brand.

Known for his aerial installations and fluid, suspended works, Hirotoshi Sawada launched his design agency in 1994. Since then, his work- recalling natural elements such as water or the aurora borealis- has been shown all over the world. From the Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo to Printemps in Paris, via the Four Seasons in New York and the Park Hyatt in Bangkok, his work has enjoyed wide consensus support.

Another gem that the artist came up with for the hotel has been unveiled in the ‘Living Room’ on the ninth floor. ‘Naga’, which means serpent in Sanksrit, ripples out from the ceiling right across the room. The body of the piece is made up of dark, vertical batons that coil like mythical water serpents. It’s a delight to take an early morning snack underneath the graceful installation, dazzled with the rays of sun coming in through the eight metre bay windows.

Neither is it just the Japanese artist’s works that make a trip to the Bangkok Park Hyatt worthwhile. The tower itself, designed by architect Amanda Levete’s London agency, AL_A, is breathtaking. The supple structure appears to roll out from its axis to form the shape of an eight- a lucky number in Chinese culture. Its façade is adorned with traditional, Thai architectural motifs, rendered in glistening aluminium tiles. Above all however, it’s really the interior and the excellent services offered that make a stay at the Park Hyatt a must.

The group’s first venture in Thailand, the hotel was constructed on the site of the former residence of the British Ambassador. Its 27 floors include 222 rooms of which 32 are premium suites with incredible views of the capital and its skyline. The restaurant is headed by talented, French chef Franck Detrait and offers a delicious mixture of western and Asian gastronomy. The skills of the team can be admired by all thanks to the open kitchen with its wood fire oven.

The peak of comfort can be found on the 35th floor where we find The Cocktail Bar, The Mezzanine and The Whisky Room. For atmosphere, The Cocktail Bar is instantly seductive, with private cabins, each enclosed with gilded, wrought iron partitions. For taste and exclusivity, however, head to The Whisky Bar for its unique selection, served to the highest of standards.

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok

Courtesy of Park Hyatt Bangkok