National Discovery Museum Extension


2015 Winning Design competition entry Museum_Siam_logo-600x400

Project Name : 
National Discovery Museum Extension
Location :
Bangkok, Thailand 
Status : 
Fisrt prize competition
Owner : 
National Discovery Museum 
Area :
2000 sq.m

Site:  The location of Museum Siam is located in the historical district which is the junction of Sanam Chai and Maha Rat road. This area is well known to be the location for four significant palaces in the past. Nowadays, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) had been renovated to the exhibition building for Museum Siam. This area surrounded by valued Thai architectures for instance, Wat Pho, Tha Tien Pier, Vichai Prasit Fort and Arun temple across the Chao Phraya River.

Site:  พื้นที่ตั่งของมิวเซียมสยามตั่งอยู่บริเวณตัวเมืองในอดีต ซึ่งมีถนน 2 สายมาบรรจบกันคือถนนสนามไชยและถนนมหาราช และเป็นที่ตั่งเดิมของวังในอดีตถึง 4 วังและปัจจุบันมีอาคารกระทรวงพาณิชย์ซึ่งปรับปรุงเป็นอาคารนิทรรศการของ มิวเซียมสยามตั่งพื้นที่บริเวณนี้อยู่ใกล้กับอาคารที่มีความสำคัญหลายอาคารเช่น วัดโพธ์  ท่าเตียน และ ป้อมพระยาวิไชยประสิทธ์ พระปรางค์วัดอรุณที่ฝั่งตรงข้ามของแม่น้ำเจ้าพระยาดั้งเดิม

Historical layer:  Moreover, the area of Museum Siam has the significant of historical background, especially since early Rattanakosin period until the present which for the period of time this place have the transformation for the function of space that generate to be the layers of historical which overlap in the area of Museum Siam in the present and this area discovered a lot of the archaeological evidence by the exploration of archaeologist.

Linkage:  The museum of Siam, opened in 2 April 2008 until the present which more than 6 years. Development of this area should satisfy the needs of the users which would be the importance part. Moreover, the area of Rattanakosin Island will have change in transportation because of the access of MRT (blue line) which have entrance and exit in front of the museum, it will make this place is more easy to access and the Museum Siam can be the junction of tourists which use this way to Rattanakosin Island and also Sanam Chai road and Maha Rat road

Program: The main highlight programs of the new building are exhibition auditorium and library. The height capacity of this building could go up to 16 meters that lead the design to three stories. The design of programs’ positions arrangements are considered by the users’ approach to the building. The exhibition area is located at the top because the exhibition program required higher area and the number of audiences are not many. On another hand, the auditorium is located at the main floor in order to support a large number of audience. The library located at the ground floor in order to operate separately from the main building.