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ARTS OF THE KINGDOM MUSEUM

Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Thailand
2019

ARTS OF THE KINGDOM MUSEUM

Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Thailand
2019

ARTS OF THE KINGDOM MUSEUM

Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Thailand
2019
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The Arts of the Kingdom Museum compound is made up of a cluster of buildings in Thai architectural style located on 2,000 rai (approx.790 acres) of organic farmland which cultivates garden vegetables and propagates plant species for distribution and sale to the community. The original museum exhibits pictures of Royal Duties and traditional crafts all presented in a modest manner, and the space was unfortunately somewhat underutilized. A decision was made to transfer priceless artifacts and treasures, previously housed in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, to this location. These precious artifacts showcase the delicately detailed Thai artisan craftsmanship which evokes a sense of inspiration and pride in our Thai heritage. Plans were carried out to refurbish the museum and build a new wing to house these national treasures in the best possible environment.

A natural but modern aesthetic design expresses the concept of a museum nestled in nature. The refurbished building serves as the main exhibition hall while the new wing, connected by a covered walkway, supports various functions such as ticketing, cloakroom, souvenirs, a waterside café, staff offices and restrooms. The new wing is a 1 to 2 story building designed with vaulted ceilings and wide-spaced columns 15 meters apart. A predominantly steel structure enabled quick and easy construction. Green areas, courtyards and landscaping are interspersed between the buildings. The surrounding trees and waterways create a sylvan atmosphere and a feel of being close to nature.

The existing building was renovated to house “The Arts of the Kingdom” exhibition, a selection of items from a collection of Thai crafts created by artisans of the Queen Sirikit Institute, which was transferred from the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. The interior was completely refurbished, and the layout was redesigned for the purpose of highlighting these exquisite crafts. The new universal design ensures that the museum is fully accessible for all visitors and provides optimum space functionality. The previously vacant landscape was remodeled, and the roadway is flanked with trees to accentuate the approach. The foliage across the museum compound creates a refreshingly cool environment, attracting birds and other wildlife to the gardens and surrounding farmlands, befitting the concept of a “Museum in the Forest”.

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