Royal Thai Embassy

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South Kensington, London, Groot Britannië

Royal Thai Government, Bangkok

RIBA stages

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The refurbished Royal Thai Embassy in London (Photo © : Lyndon Douglas)

Following a competition held by the Royal Thai Embassy, ÜberRaum Architects have re-designed the public sections of their building in South Kensington, London. The works include the consular and visa sections as well as the Embassy’s musical performance space, which is regularly used for high-profile receptions and cultural events.

Thai culture, art and character are represented in the design of this project for the Royal Thai Embassy in Kensington & Chelsea.

The project is characterised by a bespoke joinery piece, which takes inspiration from traditional Thai colours, shapes and motifs. Made from walnut veneer, the joinery forms the counter desk and is the focus of the consulate rooms, with the design creating a beautiful setting in where Embassy visitors apply for visas and passports.

This highly crafted and decorated element animates and enriches the space, while also providing high-tech multimedia and security services for the consular and visa section.

The material and pattern cut into joinery create echoes of Thai woodcarving techniques, and an opulent gold colour scheme reflects the warmth and richness of Thai interiors, hospitality and culture.

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