Group Building no.19

Khurusammanakharn, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan

depicted item: Khurusammanakharn's exterior and interior

source: Narathip Thubthun

date: July 2010

1. Identity of building/ group of buildings/ urban scheme/ landscape/ garden

1.1 current name of building: Khurusammanakharn, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan

1.2 variant or former name: Khurusammanakharn, Northeastern Technical College

1.3 number & name of street: 744 Surannarai Rd.

1.4 town: Muang

1.5 province/state: Nakhon Ratchasima

1.6 zip code: 30000

1.7 country: Thailand

1.8 national grid reference:

1.9 classification/ typology: EDC

1.10 protection status & date: managed by Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Nakhon Ratchasima

2. History of building

2.1 original brief/ purpose: a meeting room

2.2 date: commission/ completion: 1960

2.3 architectural and other designers: Dr. Wathanyu Na Thalang and Nakhon Srivijarn (architecs), Mom Ratchawong Chartureesan Chumpol (engineer), and Woo See Yin company (contractor)

2.4 others associated with building: -

2.5 significant alterations with dates: -

2.6 current use: a meeting room on special occasions

2.7 current condition: fairly good

3. Description

3.1 general description: After 3 years of the establishment of Northeastern Technical College, Khurusammanakharn in Nakhon Ratchasima province was built to support the need for arranging the performance and conference of the college's staffs. The building was designed by two founding members of the college, namely, Dr. Wathanyu Na Thalang who was the 1st chancellor and Nakhon Srivijarn. In addition, Mom Rajawongse Jatureesarn Chumpol was in charge of the structural design, Woo C. Yin Company was the contractor in this project and college's students also involved in the construction process of the building. Khurusammanakharn has faced the challenge of ageing and maintain the use for the current needs. However, this building has been received proper maintenance by providing necessary repair with less intervention.

3.2 construction: reinforced concrete thin shell

3.3 context: in the university campus in the northeastern region of Thailand

4. Evaluation

4.1 technical: Khurusammanakharn is the 1st and only thin-shell structure in Thailand. The roof in particular has no joint reinforced concrete shell of Hyperbolic Paraboliod shape because it completed at one time. It has hexagonal shape when looking from the top view. Roof load is mainly transferred to three concrete footings. Building span is approximately 20 meters. The interior space is enclosed by the local material such as red sand stone and earthenware walls.

4.2 social: It is the masterpiece of the college founding members which is highly regarded as the important landmark of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Nakhon Ratchasima.

4.3 cultural & aesthetic: This building was well designed with unique form, innovative structural technology and high standard of craftsmanship. This creation can present the modern image of the college education.

4.4 historical: King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit, the current king and queen, visited Khurusammanakharn during its construction.

4.5 general assessment: Khurusammanakharn was designed under the climatic consideration of the northeastern region of Thailand which is very hot and dry so the building is partly enclosed by the partitions. Not only the air can well ventilate, but also inside and outside spaces can be connected.

5. Documentation

5.1 principal references: Narathip Thubthun and Waeovichian Abhichartvorapan

5.2 visual material attached: Narathip Thubthun

5.3 rapporteur/ date: June 2014

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