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The design of this alfresco roof-top restaurant createsa Mediterranean-style garden floating far above the city

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Dining beneath the stars is always a memorable experience, but it is all the more special when you can almost reach out and touch them. The owner of the Sirocco restaurant in Bangkok wanted just such an experience for his patrons.

The restaurant is located on the 63rd floor of the State Tower building, which, until recently, stood empty following the 1997 property crash.

Challenge Property asked design house DWP Cityspace to revitalise the building and give it a new identity through the addition of a roof-top restaurant complex.

DWP Cityspace architect Scott Whittaker says the brief was to bring the building to life and create a vibrant centrepiece for the city.

The design of the restaurant was partly informed by the results of a focus group exercise undertaken to judge what type of restaurant might be successful.

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The existing revolving floor plate was removed to avoid the temptation of the restaurant becoming a tourist attraction. It was replaced with lightweight sandstone and timber to cope with the floor loading restrictions.

Diners step out of the elevator at the base of an illuminated Greco-Roman dome and descend a flight of broad marble stairs to a Mediterranean-style garden terrace, complete with fountain, that has a panoramic view of the city.

At the far end of the terrace is a dramatically lit circular bar enclosed by curved glass balustrading that appears to float out over the edge of the building. The bar itself changes colour periodically throughout the night.

A series of 2.4m-high tubular-like structures made from filaments of acrylic and high-tension steel wires provide an innovative form of lighting, as well as having a wind-chime effect.

The restaurant has a preparation kitchen in the basement of the building and a finishing kitchen on the 63rd floor.

First published date: 23 August 2004

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Credit List

Location Sirocco restaurant, Bangkok
Architect DWP Cityspace.
Project design team Scott Whittaker, Khun Nongnut Bumrungkun, Khun Patipath Bunwanno, Khun Apisake Painupong
Interior designer DWP Cityspace; Kristina Zanic
Main contractor Bovis Lend Lease
Mechanical and electrical engineer Meinhardt
Kitchen consultant Romano Gatland
Furniture Nadin
Flooring Carpet International