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SOUTHEAST ASIAN CERAMICS MUSEUM

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2004

SOUTHEAST ASIAN CERAMICS MUSEUM

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2004

SOUTHEAST ASIAN CERAMICS MUSEUM

Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani
Thailand
2004
This project was conceived as a result of concern about the exploitation of ancient Sukhothai ceramic ware, which dates back 800 years and has highly specific characteristics. The orientation of the building had to accommodate the university future master plan and embrace the elegance of Surath library, while still retaining some individuality. The museum offers a modern appearance while also reflecting the essence of Sukhothai art and architecture; in particular the Tao Turian Kiln, a special kiln used to produce Sukhothai ceramics in a baking process that involves digging down into the earth. This one-story museum is sunk 2.8 meters below the ground level. The design prevents entry of moisture via double-layer walls and an air-conditioning system with efficient humidity control. The portion of the building below grade also offers energy efficiency with less exposure to harsh sunlight. The museum consists of temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, study space, an administration office, and other support facilities. All are covered by a sculptural lawn roof, which appears to emerge from the landscape. The design also includes a 200-seat outdoor amphitheater and outdoor exhibition space.
AWARDS
ASA Gold Medal Awards : 2008

ASA Green Awards : 2009

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