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SURAT OSATHANUGRAH LIBRARY

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2003

SURAT OSATHANUGRAH LIBRARY

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2003

SURAT OSATHANUGRAH LIBRARY

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2003
The five-story library located in the middle of Bangkok University requires a functional study area that can accommodate 1200 students per a day, a student lounge, a cyber center, a contemporary art and design gallery, and a museum containing a privately owned collection of Southeast Asian ceramics. The effective configuration of the limited space allows for all functions. Because of its location and function, this building need to express the image of the university and to be symbolic of campus life. The symbols of the university - a book, a Cassia fistura bouquet, and a diamond, symbolizing knowledge, honor, and applied to the design as functional areas, permeated nature, and the dome shape crowning the building. Noisy areas such as the student lounge and the exhibition gallery can be easily accessed, while quiet areas such as research and study rooms are located on the third, fourth, and fifth floors. With an opening in the center of the building, the library benefits from natural light while saving energy. The west-facing walls are detailed with fins that help reflect the intense sunlight and the heat of the afternoon. The whole design has been kept simple and constructed with prefabricated materials, which also reduced construction time.
AWARDS
ASA Citation Awards : 2004

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