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SRIPATUM UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
Tuesday 08 Nov 2011
Inspirational learning environment.
Sripatum University is one of the leading private universities in Thailand, and as such recognised a clear need to upgrade their campus in the CBD of Phaholyothin Road, Bangkok.
World-class architecture and interior design firm dwp were commissioned to design the chic new interiors of the new 14-level building, to meet functional and aesthetic requirements, driven by specialist areas and user groups. The brief’s ultimate aim was to find a way to increase efficiency and enforce a dynamic student-focused learning environment, for the graduate programme students, through the new design, layout and overall ambience.
This new Sripatum University facility serves as a learning, research and faculty centre, with administrative offices, faculty rooms, classrooms, a library, computer training centre, conference rooms, a waiting area and teachers’ lounge. dwp’s task was to refurbish an existing floor of administrative offices, faculty room and teachers lounge, as well as design a new floor for the library, classrooms, computer training and waiting areas. The solution reflects Sripatum’s wish to have a dynamic and interactive design concept, which contributes to their vision of being the leading university for the new generation.
The meaning of ‘Sripatum’ is the source of knowledge that blooms like a lotus flower, the inspiration for the university logo. The concept design was established to inspire knowledge and learning, by an interpretation of the symbolism of the lotus flower. Organic forms and colours were stimulated from ideas derived by taking the lotus plant and transforming its growth pattern.
The concept flows into producing interior spaces, which complimented and enhanced the architecture of the building. Multi-functional spaces, inclusive of multi-media rooms, libraries, reading rooms, conferencing facilities, auditoriums and general faculty offices met with a colourful, edgy non-conforming design.