BU Landmark Complex / Architects 49

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Architects: Architects 49
Location: Rangsit, ,
Client: Bangkok University
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 26,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Architects 49

Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineering 49
System Engineer: M&E Engineering 49
Interior Architect: Interior Architects 49
Landscape Architect: Landscape Architects 49
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Design Consultants 49
Construction Management: KCS
Contractor: Thai Obayashi

The Bangkok University Landmark Complex is initiated on the necessities that are to reorganize the frontal area of the campus and to create an outstanding approach for the campus’s entrance. In addition to the mentioned requirements, the School of Business Management also required some supplementary facilities, for example, classrooms, seminar rooms, lecturers’ office, lecture halls. Then, the new complex is emerged from the particular architectural form evoking the symbol of the university, a diamond.

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A group of buildings as a “Landmark” is a fundamental concept of the project. The created architectural form is evocative of the presence of the university, its symbol and also allows students and visitors approach the campus easily. The concept of a learning space, in which students search for refining themselves through 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 elaboration. Thus, the concept coincides precisely with the university’s vision that aims to be “Creative University”.

Floor Plan

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 plays a role of bringing the complex become more outstanding. The pond is placed in the front of the building group 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.

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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.

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Cite: "BU Landmark Complex / Architects 49" 20 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=177457>
  • Autic Tormor

    Ahhhh Danial ?????

  • rupertkensington

    Libeskind knock off brand. 50% off commission price!!! Get it while you can!

  • Joey

    This is like an extreme version of Daniel Libeskind.

  • Steve

    Quick – someone make a comparison to Libeskind!!

  • archi

    I don’t think anyone has notice yet, but it kind of looks like something that Libeskind might have done…?

  • bLogHouse

    With the release of their new software tool, LT (Libeskind Technologies) have left their rival GT (Gehry Technologies) in the dust. Their product is so good with its automated design capabilities that it outperforms the original in every aspect. Why hire Libeskind when you can have a better design in the same style (and within budget!) for the fraction of the cost?!

  • Sofia

    I remember not only Libeskind, Morphosis also designed a diamond school, similar to this building long time ago.
    But anyway i’m sure the architect has reasons and freedom in resulting this edgy form, angular form is not automatically Libeskind’s property….

  • The Other Donald 2

    You didn’t know that the Thai culture thrives on the mastery of copy, and that they are masters at adapting any style to most of their current works, this one being no exception. Beyond that what is the meaning of all this and why so fractured and angry looking??? IMHO nothing matters and what if it did in the “Land of Smiles”. BTW, since the Thai Government sacrificed the eastern side of Bangkok with opening up the flood gates, this site in Phatum Thani is currently being overwhelmed with Flood Waters so the start of this project will undoubdetedly be underwater for some time to come until Thailand can master their water management problems they are facing, and no “copy plan” can fix that more serious situation. Better to find a higher ground land deal for this one!

  • amine ahmed

    danny Libeskind 2.0

  • s

    this is actually better than most of libeskinds projects

  • Kongto99

    Did we are copy 2 legs walking style from monkey ?

  • A69

    A49 only!!!

  • mvb

    I would never say that this project is ‘better’ than Libeskind’s ones. This project is just a beautiful facade make-up. If you analyze the drawings there is nothing beyond the skin design imitation. Just think about the Jewish Museum in Berlin, it was designed in 1990, and is much more than a sharp facade, so I personally do not see this project better. How many of you could design that project using Autocad release 10 (not 2010), no Rhinoceros, no 3dmax,… Of course anybody can do something ‘better’ 20 years later, but the true merit will always go to Libeskind because he was first.

  • Malika-Zaynah Grant

    I’m getting tired of seeing building like this. Architects need to stop copying and start reinventing. You’re professional designers, COME ON!!

  • maipatana

    Foreigners may not know that the logo of this university is “diamond”. The nick name of the Dean of this university is also “diamond”. Which shape of this university landmark should looks similar too? I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t really matter if there were Jewish Museum before this was designed or not, this BU Landmark would still look something like this anyway.

  • maipatana

    anyway, I’m not saying I like this building.

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    nice composition anyway….

  • ohhai

    90s called, they want their libeskind design back.