This building was designed in 1985 by Sumet Jumsai, one of Thailand's best-loved architects, also famous for the Bangkok's Elephant Building. A contemporary of Buckminster Fuller he took inspiration from his son's toy robot and let it loose on a design for the Bank of Asia (now United Overseas Bank) headquarters. A sign of the times, this cheery robot signifies the friendly face of technology.
For all that it looks like an elaborate joke, every robotic aspect is well-planned and well-used. His eyes are the dining and meeting rooms of the executive suites, his eyelids are sunshades, his antennae are lightning rods. His nuts were the biggest in the world at time of development. Planning regulations give him his stepped-back sides and the blue curtain walls representing the colour of the Bank of Thailand provide much-needed shade. If that wasn't enough, the robot's eyes were designed to wink at night along to music called "The Robot Symphony" by Jacques Bekaert.
How to get there?
From BTS Skytrain Surasak Station (exit 4), walk about 15 minutes towards Narathiwat Road. If you come from BTS Chong Nonsi, take exit 1 and walk towards the intersection, cross the street, then turn right into Sathorn Tai Road. The building will be on your left.