AT 100 METRES, THE HELIX IS A SPIRALLING, LIVING, RAINFOREST CHANDELIER THAT HANGS 100 METRES FROM THE 9 TO 6 FLOORS OF HELIX BUILDING AT EM QUARTIER OPPOSITE EMPORIUM.
Emporium is an exclusive, expensive and exhilarating shopping mall that made a fortune for the developer who then built several inter-connecting buildings across the road linked by overhead bridge so shoppers can amble from one side to the next in comfort though the sheltered bridge is not air conditioned(yet) but at least you don't worry about Bangkok's frenetic traffic.
The Helix is a steel structure shaped like a helix but artfully, craftily planted with real ferns and creepers so the entire 'flower pot' resembles a gigantic mobile which could have been conceived by Alexander Calder who made hanging, free-moving mobiles an artform in its own right.
An ingenious piping system incorporated inside the helix provides water at intervals so the plants remain lush and plush. Once overgrown the whole helix can be lowered from the ceiling to allow trimming and pruning.
Every plant is a perennial and green but I bet soon the owners will include orchids and flowering, air-loving bromeliads with their amazingly hued centres. Still the current manifestation of a green, living rainforest chandelier is truly outstanding and never seen before on a massive scale.
At one stage years ago, a wall consisting of living plants was seen as revolutionary and Emporium mall was the first to instal such living walls but now it has taken the concept to sky high rpoportions.
Alas when you enter the Helix building lobby and look up, you cannot see the famous spiral since the ceiling blocks everything. You need take elevator or escalator to 5th floor where you are suddenly confronted with the amazing sight of a long, green helix spiralling from the 9 floor down!
Take the escalators which are conveniently next to the green, fern encrusted helix so you can take photos on the way up and down! And then take the lift to video the astounding sight!
On the 5th floor is another wonder---the Balcony Garden of Bangkok! This is a full sized garden filled with trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers, sculptures, waterfall, pools, secluded benches, pergolas and even a flying fox challenge!
This vast balcony of uneven shape is perfect for a naturalistic garden and big enough to be considered a park. With a colony of meerkats (musang-like animals that can stand upright on hind legs from Madagascar), done in colorful resin, this 5th floor garden provides astonishing views of Sukhumvit road below and Emporium shopping mall across the road.
The Helix at EM Quartier has this spiral of green living plants as its pride and joy
A sculptural cocoon pergola on 5th floor that is almost al fresco
DESIGN LED GARDEN
RUSTIC NOT PLASTIC
PERFECT LITTLE GETAWAY AMID GREENERY
METHINKS THIS PERGOLA SHOULD BE COVERED WITH CREEPERS LIKE BOUGAINVILLEA
RAINFOREST ON 5TH FLOOR
TERRACE WITH A FAB VIEW
OVERLOOKING QUEEN SIRIKIT PARK
QUEEN SIRIKIT PARK ACROSS THE ROAD
EMPORIUM OPENED NEARLY 2 DECADES AGO AND MADE AN IMMENSE FORTUNE FOR THE OWNER
BACK TO EM QUARTIER
ONE IS NOT A MEERKAT!
STILL 5 MEERKATS
PERFECT FUN GARDEN ORNAMENTS
WHO IS UP THERE
IS IT A BIRD, PLANE OR FLYING FOX GIRL
LOOK ME, SHE IS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR
YOU HAVE TO PAY TO DO THIS THOUGH
LOOKS SCARY BUT IS SAFE AS HOUSES
TOO BAD SHE DID NOT FALL AS I HOPED
GOOD FENG SHUI SYMBOL
RELAXING IN HIGH THAI STYLE
SLEEK AND STYLISH
LOVE THE REFLECTION
I VERY DE ARTISTIC
THE HELIX IS A MANMADE WONDER
TAKEN FROM 5TH FLOOR LOOKING UP
TAKEN ON WAY DOWN THE ESCALATOR---A LAST LOOK
BUT THIS IS ANOTHER STORY!
FUNKY PHOTO SHOP
ANOTHER LAST LOOKEE
ARTISTIC SHOT !
THAILAND'S POSHEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE CINEMAS ARE HERE
HANGING GARDENS OF BANGKOK
BRIGHT AND HAPPY
SHOPPING AT EM QUARTIER
GLORIA AT WORK
GLORIA MANTZ IS WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED AND CLEVER 6 YEAR OLD GIRL
LOVE THE ANIMAL HEADS
CAN YOU SEE THE TREES FOR THE FOREST OR THE DRESSES FOR THE MASKS
WHEN YOU ARE 6, YOU CAN STRETCH YOUR LEGS LIKE THIS
I TRIED AND HAD TO CALL THE AMBULANCE TO UNTANGLE MY LEGS
MODERN TOTEL POLE
DATO SRI PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO BUYING HER 50TH PAIR OF YSL TRIBUTE SHOES
HANDSOME STORE MANAGER OF YSL BANGKOK
MONSTERS ON THE LOOSE IN BANGKOK
AT PLANET DINOSAUR NEXT TO HOLIDAY INN SUKHUMVIT
GLORIA IS DESTINED TO BE WORLD CLASS POSER
AND SUPER DIVA
THESE BOOKS ARE ACTUALLY WALLPAPER!
THEY DO PERFORM