The Bangkok Skyride and Skypark
Jon Sealey, Design Director of Marques and Jordy has submitted proposals to transform Bangkok’s skytrain system. He proposes an elevated bicycle lane coined as “the skyride” which cantilevers from the existing train line structure. “The idea of the skyride is to reduce the congestion on the roads and encourage people to commute to work by cycling.” Explains architect Jon Sealey.
The sky ride offers a 55km of unparalleled cycle root through the heart of Bangkok and the suburbs East to the airport. Commuting times to the commercial centre would be reduced by as much 1.5 hours. “Bangkok is incredibly congested and the sky ride offers a way to reduce traffic and get people cycling.” The proposal also offers an elevated park and a lowline park. The skypark landscape will be designed to reflect the identity of each local community it passes through and features local artworks and much needed public park space through the city. Jon explains “Bangkok is suffocated by concrete high rises. Development over the last 30 years has seen a massive decline in green space in the city. The skypark will provide the people of Bangkok with new accessible areas to enjoy running, walking and viewing the city from an elevated platform.”
The lowline will be a vibrant area for street vendors, markets and green space. Large sphere tent structures will have a variety of uses from housing emergency care units to structures to grow crops for the local communities.
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Name of Author: Jon Sealey BA ( Hons), LEED GA,
Position: Design Director of Marques and Jordy
Name of Project: The Bangkok Skyride and Skypark
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Consortium gathered, pending investment
Scheduled Construction Start Date: 2017
Design Director of Marques and Jordy
Born in London and graduating from Manchester School of Architecture U.K., with over 10 years professional experience in Architecture and design Jon has completed a diverse range of projects ranging from high end retail, workplace and state of the art large scale architecture projects in Asia.