Group Building no.23

new Suan Amporn Pavilion

depicted item: new Suan Amporn Pavilion

source: the book of 'Keeping Up: Modern Thai Architecture 1967-1987 Exhibition' on 12 June-14 September 2008

date: 2008

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

1.1 current name of building: new Suan Amporn Pavilion

1.2 variant or former name: new Suan Amporn Pavilion

1.3 number & name of street: Ratchadamnoen Nok Rd.

1.4 town: Dusit

1.5 province/state: Bangkok

1.6 zip code: 10300

1.7 country: Thailand

1.8 national grid reference:

1.9 classification/ typology: REC

1.10 protection status & date: owned by Bureau of the Royal Household

2. History of building

2.1 original brief/ purpose: REC

2.2 date completion: 1972

2.3 architectural and other designers: Krisda Arunvongse Na Ayudhya

2.4 others associated with building: previous Suan Amporn Pavilion, Dance Floor Pavilion and new Dance Floor Pavilion

2.5 significant alterations with dates: -

2.6 current use: multi-purpose building such as event hall and sport venue

2.7 current condition: good

3. Description

3.1 general description: Economic growth and rising population in the 1970s led to ever larger product fairs and festivals in the city. This soon culminated in a demand for a multi-purpose building suitable for a variety of city events. As a result, new Suan Amporn Pavilion was built in 1972.

3.2 construction: reinforced concrete structure with 15 meter column-free span and folded plate roof

3.3 context: Significantly, new Suan Amporn Pavilion was built on royal grounds, but functioned as both a public-use building, and a royal venue.

4. Evaluation

4.1 technical: Using the latest concrete engineering techniques, Krisda Arunvongse Na Ayudhya incorporated a folded plate roof, creating a large stretch of space adaptable for various uses.

4.2 social: In contrast to the surrounding backdrop of Amporn and Ananda Samakhom Throne Halls, the modern structure was a symbol of the evolving relationship between monarchy and the people.

4.3 cultural & aesthetic: Visitors to the 1972 Red Cross Fair at the New Suan Amporn pavilion marveled at the huge 15 meter column-free span.

4.4 historical: The new Suan Amporn Pavilion was held the 1972 Red Cross Fair which was one of the national important events.

4.5 general assessment: The brief for the pavilion included serving as an occasional badminton court for the King and as a reception hall for the Queen's state visitors (the current King and Queen).

5. Documentation

5.1 principal references: the book of 'Keeping Up: Modern Thai Architecture 1967-1987 Exhibition' on 12 June-14 September 2008

5.2 visual material attached: the book of 'Keeping Up: Modern Thai Architecture 1967-1987 Exhibition' on 12 June-14 September 2008

5.3 rapporteur/ date: June 2014

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