MQDC’s ‘The Forestias’
Thailand’s largest development project asserts confidence in the economy, progresses construction and prepares to open show units
published : 16 Nov 2020 at 17:51
“The Forestias is progressing its plans regardless of COVID-19 based on our confidence in the project’s concept, the economy and the future of Thailand. Our decision to build the world’s first town with every aspect purposefully designed for a healthier lifestyle has been proven to be in line with global trends, especially since the pandemic has made everyone place even greater importance on healthy living.”
Mr. Kittiphun Ouiyamaphun, Project Director – The Forestias, MQDC
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, has announced that it is making rapid progress with the construction of The Forestias, Thailand’s largest property development project, valued at THB125,000 million, and being built as the world’s first town to have every aspect purposefully designed for healthier and happier living.
According to the company, 95% of utilities and tunneling work is now completed, residential components are being constructed on schedule, and THB4,000 million in deposit-supported bookings have been made, all despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The development’s unique THB1,400 million ‘Forest Pavilion’ is also ready to open to the public in the first quarter of 2021 to showcase sample residential units as well as offer an immersive experience to demonstrate the overall concept of The Forestias.
Located on Bang Na-Trad Road km 7, The Forestias includes multiple residential components with villas and condominiums aimed at a diverse range of lifestyles and family sizes across 398 rai of land (64 hectares). The project also includes commercial space for offices, a sports complex, lifestyle activities, retail and food & beverage outlets, family entertainment facilities in a Family Centre, a town centre for community activities and cultural pursuits, a theatre, an event hall, and multiple markets. A highlight of the project is a 30-rai forest at the centre of the development and a 1.6 kilometre canopy walkway that links many of the development’s components and provides a ‘nature-walk’ that weaves above the forest.
Mr. Kittiphun Ouiyamaphun, Project Director – The Forestias, MQDC, said, “The Forestias is a new global prototype for a town development. It has been designed and is being built by some of the world’s most respected experts and organisations to ensure that every aspect promotes a healthier and happier quality of life.”
He said, “The Forestias is progressing according to plan, regardless of the global COVID-19 pandemic, based on our confidence in the project’s concept, the economy, and the future of Thailand. Our decision to build the world’s first town with every aspect purposefully designed for a healthier lifestyle has been proven to be in line with global trends, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone give even greater importance to healthy living.”
Mr. Ouiyamaphun said, “We invested a record THB1,400 million in the ‘Forest Pavilion’ to let visitors experience life at The Forestias. It’s the most that any property developer in Thailand has ever invested in the creation of a facility for visitors to see sample residential units as well as experience the total project.”
The Forest Pavilion, with a functional area of around 6,500 square metres, was created through MQDC’s collaboration with a group of partners that are among the best in the world in their respective fields. It was designed by world-class architect Foster + Partners Thailand. ITEC Entertainment (USA), the creator of entertainment experiences for Disneyland, DisneySea and Universal Studio, developed experiences and recreational activities inside the project. VAVE Studio of Germany created experiential stories. And, Bug Studio of Thailand contributed multi-disciplinary designs.
One of the highlights inside the Forest Pavilion is the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ in which the project’s vision is presented through an animation created by DEC Media that is projected around viewers using ‘The Wall’ screen technology. ‘The Wall’ is a modular microLED display that gives a revolutionary viewing experience utilising AI picture enhancement for ultra-realistic experiences.
Mr. Ouiyamaphun said, “Getting families closer together across multiple generations is one of the most important ways of promoting greater happiness and better health. That’s why we’ve designed The Forestias to have many different residential components that can suit the particular lifestyles and needs of different generations and age-groups, whether they be first jobbers, newlyweds, young families, or older parents. And while each group can live in different parts of The Forestias that best suit their needs, all the various components are still seamlessly connected so that families across multiple generations can come together easily, whenever they wish.”
The wide range of residential components at The Forestias includes ‘Whizdom’ condominiums, ‘Mulberry Grove’ condominiums, ‘Mulberry Grove Villas’, ‘The Aspen Tree’ residences, ‘Six Senses Residences’ and a ‘Six Senses’ hotel.
There is also a large medical centre with state-of-the art facilities and eminent medical specialists.
One of the most unusual features of The Forestias is a 30-rai forest area that has been planted at the centre of the development. Its purpose is to bring nature into an urban environment as one of the most important factors to promote good health and happiness.
“It is the first time anywhere in the world that such a large forest has been integrated into a town development,” noted Mr. Ouiyamaphun.
Other ‘firsts’ at The Forestias include facilities to help the elderly live safely and more conveniently, a clubhouse for their daily activities, and trained care-givers.
The Forestias is strategically located in the Eastern Economic Corridor which is predicted to be the fastest growing development corridor in Thailand, and has easy access to major highways and mass transportation systems.