After months of renovation, on March 25, 2017 Central Embassy has finally unveiled its newly revamped top floor area next to its luxury cinema, which has transformed into what they called a “collective living space” named Open House. I went there to have a quick look around this past weekend, and all I can say is that it’s hard not to be impressed by this place. Designed by Japanese architectural firm Klein Dytham Architecture, the same team who designed the Youtube and Google offices in Tokyo, the sprawling area comes with a trendy and friendly vibe, impressive views of Bangkok through its large windows, tons of quality Thai and English books, plus a number of coffee shops, dessert bars, and restaurants!
Divided into eight zones, Open House blends work, play, and dining seamlessly.
Divided into eight zones, Open House blends work, play, and dining pretty seamlessly. For example, there’s the Eating Deck zone, where you can find up to at least 12 well known restaurants and dessert bars like Bao and Buns, Muteki by Mugendai, Broccoli Revolution, Movenpick ice-cream, and more. Or, if you want to enjoy your meal while overlooking the stunning view of Bangkok on the open balcony, there’s the Eat by the Park zone with restaurants like Peppina, Lady Nara, and Rico for you to choose.
But if you’re a bit of a book worm/art and film nerd like me, the highlight of this place is definitely the Open House Bookshop by HARDCOVER zone. Here, you’ll find a library look-alike area with tall shelves filled with 20,000 rare art and design books. There’s also the Art Tower zone which is used for showcasing artworks by Thai and international artists, as well as hosting seminars, workshops, and other art-related activities. I also caught a glimpse of the co-working area before I left, which is said to combine a meeting room, open bar and work space all into one area, plus there’s free Wi-Fi for you to use up to two hours!
Although my first visit to Open House was only a short one, I’m positive that I will definitely be coming back to this place to have some quality working time and get inspired by the endless collection of books. Also, just the thought of taking a break from work by having lunch at one of the restaurants or to simply enjoy a cup of coffee sounds pretty good. I can picture myself spending almost a whole day here!
Location: Open House, 6th floor, Central Embassy (BTS Ploenchit)
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10:00 am – 24:00 am