Home to a plethora of ultra-chic eateries and an even more dynamic cultural scene, Thong Lo – the trendy district in northern Bangkok that aptly translates to “molten gold” – has become a traveller’s haven in recent years. Now, a newly unveiled residential landmark is poised to put its design prowess on the world map, too.
Spanning 27 stories and comprising 148 units (five unit types range from one- to three-bedrooms), KHUN by YOO is the brainchild of real estate developer Sansiri, which enlisted iconic French designer Philippe Starck and award-winning studio Yoo to conceive this first-of-its-kind holistic branded luxury residence and stunning new addition to the Sansiri Luxury Collection.
Indeed, creme de la creme quality and exceptional taste imbue every corner of this striking condominium. With a design narrative that is rooted in “industrial heritage” – a nod to Starck, who was born in the post-Industrial Revolution era after World War II – the property can be found interwoven with a rich materiality; bold, natural materials such as raw concrete, copper and washed stones – including dark Merbau hard wood that is usually used to make masts for sailing ships – are juxtaposed against more refined, luxurious elements such as the stark-white, beautifully veined Arabescato Classico marble, lending to a luxurious tactility as well as a layered colour palette.
A similar eye for detail extends to the fully furnished interiors as well as throughout the property's common areas, which have been carefully kitted with collections of over-scaled furniture and decorative items curated from all over the world. Each is uniquely storied and brimming with character, including the meeting room's large bespoke centrepiece chandelier from Barovier & Toso crafted in a special Caramello hue, custom armchairs by Poltrona Frau, the game room's Andromeda chandelier handmade in Murano, Italy and the specially ordered Jonathan Franc pool tables featuring its signature Queen Anne legs, just to name a few.
Many pieces are also handpicked by Starck himself – many even his own designs – such as the Axor One shower system, special-edition Duravit high-end bathroom sanitaryware and the playful sofas and lamps adorning the lobby.
Those seeking to savour a full spectrum of luxury living will delight in the property's world-class facilities that rival those of any five-star hotel. Taking centre stage is a stunning alfresco 30-metre infinity pool from which one can enjoy 180-degree vistas of the city; it sits next to the likes of cosy common areas, a fully-equipped gym suitable for activities such as ballet and yoga, a mini-theatre and an expansive, perfectly manicured rooftop garden complete with its own bar.
All of that – in addition to exceptional hospitality and one of Asia's hippest neighbourhoods at your fingertips – all make for a one-of-a-kind elevated living experience.