When Krissada Sukosol Clapp, the award-winning film actor and frontman of Thai indie rock band Pru, first envisionedThe Siam, all he had in mind was a decidedly modest building out of which he would also house his extensive collection of antiques.
“My original vision was simply to build something new for the city, I didn’t want to be like anybody else. It’s no different from anybody on the street, you just want to have your own identity,” he commented.
Fuelled by the passion to see his lifelong dream come true, and as the youngest of the Sukosol hotelier family, who, at that time, had yet to step foot into the family business, Krissada became the quirky creative director of Sukosol Hotels. He roped in American-born and Thai-based architect Bill Bensley — said by Architectural Digest to be among the world’s top 100 talents in architecture and interior design — to co-design what would eventually become The Siam: a private 39-room luxury urban retreat facing the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district, surrounded by the city’s heritage-rich palaces, temples and museums.