On 8 December 2019, the Faculty of Architecture’s newly
built library was given the Best of Year Awards in the Library category from
the Interior Design Magazine, New York.
The project was initiated by the department’s alumni, Mr.
Sermsin Samalapa, working together with Associate Professor Pinraj Khanjanasthiti
(Dean, Faculty of Architecture), Assistant Professor Sarayut Supsook (Assistant
Dean, Faculty of Architecture), and lead architects, Ms. Twitee Vajrabhaya
Teparkum and Chaiyapat Mirasena, from Department of Architecture Co.
Constructed with donations from the faculty’s alumni, the
Architecture Library opened its doors
on 9 September 2019. The highlight of
the library is the variety of mixed-use space that is available for students
and staff, such as areas for co-working, exhibitions, lectures, and screening of movies and digital media. One major design factor was to create an
inspiring and creative learning environment.
Vajrabhaya Teparkum, architect from Department of
Architect Co. and alumni of the Faculty of Architecture, mentioned the
challenge of renovating an old building and giving it life. “As our lifestyle changes in the fast-moving
internet era, the use of libraries too have changed. We all have to rethink and adapt the way we
receive information and knowledge”, explained Ms. Twitee.
Libraries remain an important resource of knowledge, but
the learning approach has become different from the past. The library must now
be more than just a space for studying but should become creative incubation
spaces for students. To this purpose, the new Architecture Library also
functions as a space for exhibition and exchange of ideas, where resources are
not limited to just physical books but expands to digital media, movies, and
3Ds grid systems. The co-working area is an open platform for students to host
exhibitions or activities, and be an experimental space for work showcases.
For those seeking a quiet area, there is a dedicated zone
with desks arranged in a labyrinth to reduce disturbance. The top floor also serves as a reading area
that can be turned into an hall for movie screenings. Students pulling an all-nighter may take
refuge on the mezzanine floor before going to the next class. A final creation is the ceiling of the top
floor designed in tribute to nine of the royal projects of His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej. The projects have
all had a great impact on Bangkok’s city
planning, from alleviating traffic problems to floods.