Bangkok and a problem of architecture

A few weeks ago, Thais gaped in awe at MahaNakhon, that new ultramodern high-rise on bustling Sathon.

Now our collective attention is being diverted to Wiman Phra-in, or Abode of Indra, a much-talked about architectural design intended as a landmark in the Chao Phraya riverside promenade project. The name suggests a feature with a pointed spiral structure that offers nothing less than paradise.

Chao Phraya promenade hits hurdle

Construction of the 14-billion-baht Chao Phraya promenade faces lengthy delays after efforts to conduct a feasibility study tripped at the first hurdle.

Two of the three contractors that had expressed interest in bidding for the rights to the feasibility study have withdrawn from the race before it even started, said Pinit Lertudomtana, deputy chief of the BMA’s Department of Public Works.

Mr Pinit said only one consortium, made up of Panya Consultants Co, Epsilon Co and Transconsult Co, had submitted a formal tender.