Bangkok University Landmark Complex features cluster of glass rock-like structures
The Bangkok University Landmark Complex was designed by Architects 49 to reorganise the frontal area of the campus and to create an outstanding approach for the campus’s entrance. In addition to these requirements, the School of Business Management also demanded some supplementary facilities including classrooms, seminar rooms, lecturers’ office, and lecture halls. The new complex emerged from the particular architectural form evoking the symbol of the university: a diamond.
A cluster of buildings is the fundamental concept of the project. The created architectural form is evocative of the presence of the university and also allows students and visitors approach the campus easily. The concept of a learning space in which students refine themselves through the learning process - in order to obtain knowledge and become qualified human resources - can be illustrated by analogy with a lapidary process. In common with a learning process, a lapidarian gradually transforms a stone into the precious diamond through cutting and polishing. Thus, the concept coincides precisely with the university’s vision that aims to be a ‘Creative University’.
The site planning considers the campus’s traffic system and provides two additional gates in order to facilitate the traffic flow efficiently. The landscape design enhances the aesthetic properties of the campus. The pond is placed in the front of the building cluster so it creates a reflecting effect of the building forms. Moreover, it also serves as a natural barrier as well as the campus’s reservoir. Principally, the design considers visual and functional continuity between the front area and the rear of the campus so the entire campus is inextricably intertwined.