Jewelry Trade CenterEdit profile
The Jewelry Trade Center is a 59-story mixed-use skyscraper located in the Silom Road gemstone district of Bangkok, Thailand. Designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, the building was completed in 1996. It is currently the seventh tallest building in Thailand. It was the tallest builiding in Thailand when it was completed. The Center is the largest center for selling, sourcing and distributing jewelry in Bangkok and one of the largest such centers in Asia. It contains a fully equipped gem testing labouratory operated by the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS). The Silom Galleria located in the building's lower plaza is a large retail space for arts, antiques, and jewelry. The building also contains banks, restaurants, a health club, a beauty salon, a post office, a customs office, and residential condominiums. The Center is built on a plot of land of 9.5 rai, or approximately 4.5 acres. Partners in the project included Henry Ho (of Bijoux Holdings), Samrit Chirathivat (late CEO of the Central Group, later replaced by Vanchai Chirathivat), Vichai Maleenont (of Bangkok Entertainment, operator of TV Channel 3), and Chatri Sophonpanich (CEO of Bangkok Bank).