The wait is finally over. The “International Auditorium building and Administrative building, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (Nakhon Ratchasima) (RMUTI ESS), located in Nong Rawiang Subdistrict, Mueng District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, is ready for its official launch in the end of this November. It is designed by KSB ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. as a venue for the commencement ceremony of RMUTI ESS’s graduates, covering 12,300 sq.m. of area, which is able to accommodate more than 4,000 people.
The designers revealed that the layout of the building has been designed with the concept of symmetrical balance, by placing similar structures near each other. The building’s layout was inspired by that of Phimai Historical Park, with its rectangular layout, surrounded by ditches. In the center is the Prasat which functions as the center of rituals, most of which are influenced by Khmer culture.
The architecture of this auditorium is applied by the physical concepts of a barque. The auditorium itself is interpreted as a ship by being raised high off from the ground, like how a ship sails in the sea. The roof planes are leveled in a descending order, like waving sails of a ship. The designer also incorporates Thai architecture into this building, such as, in the lines and planes of the roof, gable ends, lotus-flower shaped foundation to represent the worshipping of Thais. The designers also incorporate the architecture from the ordination hall of Sala Loi temple. The intricate details and complex patterns are diminished to modernize the structure to be more contemporary.
The special aspect of this auditorium is the three-fold roof which helps reduce the temperature and ventilate the air inside as wind current always flows through it, cooling down the air. In addition, the interior also features a VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow System), a modular energy-saving air conditioning system which can accurately control the temperature. It helps save up to 40% on electricity usage and can control the temperature of a specific area without having to turn on the whole air conditioning system of the building.
The building decorating materials are mostly local ones produced in the country. The design is a combination of Thai-style and simple architecture, the auditorium therefore still maintains the local identity and culture.
Experience designs from KSB Enterprise Co., Ltd. at booth number B506 in ACT Forum’19, The International Architect Forum and Building Technology Exposition for the first time in Thailand, during 14 – 17 November 2019 at IMPACT Challenger Hall, Muang Thong Thani.