When is a mall not a mall? When it opens in Bangkok, maybe, and is designed by Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture, which describes its huge, new bit-of-everything concept as the city’s first, proper “co-living space.” Open House, set on the upper floors of architect Amanda Levete’s futuristic Central Embassy building on Bangkok’s plush Ploenchit Road, has seven zones that include an art gallery, a design store, a kids’ playground and a lounge-y co-working area. There’s a food hall, too. Oh, and a new Park Hyatt upstairs. Monocle – arbiter of all that is good and true in modern living – naturally loves it. But, says Central Embassy director Barom Bhicharnchitr, the design touch that gives the space its low-key, spiritual core, is a giant, 20,000-title book store that lines the entire outer wall. It’s the kind of home-y, anti-urban go-to that will begin to define mega-cities like Bangkok more and more, says Klein Dytham’s Astrid Klein. Cities don’t have enough spaces where you can really hang out, or just be, she says. “Open House is an antidote to that – an oasis, or getaway, a kind of home away from home.” And definitely not a mall.