Making a big splash at ICONSIAM, the new riverfront landmark of Bangkok

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25 Feb 2019 by Business Traveller Asia Pacific

A new 400-metre water feature at ICONSIAM is dazzling visitors to the new global destination in Bangkok.

ICONSIAM Bangkok - ICONIC Multimedia Water Features

It’s not unusual for new developments to make huge splash when they first hit the market, but when Bangkok’s ICONSIAM – a new 750,000-sqm landmark development that has become one of Asia’s most exciting destinations with its combination of a dramatic riverside location with art, culture, lifestyle pursuits, dining options, super-luxury residences, and shopping – opened in November 2018 it took this to a very literal degree by opening the longest water dance feature in Southeast Asia.

Stretching more than 400 metres, the property’s “is a veritable extravaganza of light, colour, sound and even dance – all set against the backdrop of the Chao Phraya River. The massive plumes of water that shoot up into the sky are impressive enough, but ICONSIAM has upped the ante even further by projecting images depicting famous Thai landmarks onto the jets of water, to the accompaniment of classic music. The whole show offers a wonderful view into the country’s customs and culture daily at 18.30, 20.00 and 21.00 hrs at River Park.

“The ‘ICONIC Multimedia Water Features’ is another of the great attractions we promised to place on the ICONSIAM site as part of our civic duty to create shared value by driving global interest in Bangkok and Thailand,” said Chadatip Chutrakul, director of ICONSIAM Co., Ltd.

“We hope it will do for Bangkok what the London Eye does for London and the Botanic Garden at the Marina Bay Sands does for Singapore, bringing benefits not only at the national level but also to the multitude of riverside communities along this stretch of the river.”

ICONSIAM Bangkok - ICONIC Multimedia Water Features

The water feature was designed by GHESA Water and Art, a firm whose portfolio now includes more than 3,000 fountains around the world.

The fountain at ICONSIAM uses rotating, compressed-air jets that are capable of shooting water in an array of 2D, 3D and 4D designs up to a maximum height of 35 metres. Using cybernetic technology, the jets are capable of spraying water in 0.1-second bursts, allowing the fountain to create a “water curtain” upon which different images can be projected.

The longest multimedia water feature isn’t the only thing that’s grand at the mega city project of futuristic living and an iconic landmark of Thailand’s eternal prosperity on the Chao Phraya River. ICONSIAM itself stretches some 750,000-sqm and, with its plethora of art, culture, lifestyle, dining, retail and residential options to choose from, has fast become one of Asia’s most exciting destinations.

ICONSIAM Bangkok - ICONIC Multimedia Water Features

Among the development’s other centrepiece attractions is the Seven Wonders at ICONSIAM. These include “SookSiam”, a destination for some of the best products, services and artistic creations from across Thailand’s 77 provinces, and “River Park”, a 10,000-sqm open-air riverside community space where visitors can take in views of the Chao Phraya River.

Comprising two high-end retail complexes and two waterfront residential condominiums featuring 70 and 52 floors, respectively – one of which carries the Mandarin Oriental Residences brand – ICONSIAM is located at Soi Charoennakorn 5 in Bangkok’s Khlong San District, Thailand.

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