What was unique about modern Thai architecture when it first appeared on Bangkoks fledgling urban landscape 40 years ago?
The Indra Hotel, which rose up
incongruously in the Pratunam
garment district in 1970, was an emblem of Thailands hope to
become a new investment destina-
tion a result of Field Marshal Sarit
Thanarats National Economic
Development Plan after World War II.
Innovative engineering techniques
amazed visitors to the 1972 Red
Cross Fair at the new Suan Amporn
Pavilion, a daring concrete sweep of
folded plate roof, 15 metres long,
with no visible column supports.
And the futuristic Science Museum,
amidst the open fields of Sukhumvit
in 1979, represented the vision of a
new breed of Thai architects, interested in dialogue with modernism.
Featuring major architectural works
between 1967-1987, the exhibition
explores how Thai architects of the
era grappled with the influence of
the nations rising business elites,
new construction technologies, and
An exhibition curated by TCDC ,co-
produced with the Association of
Siamese Architects Under Royal
Patronage (ASA), KEEPING UP
Modern Thai Architecture 1967-1987,
gives insight into the evolution of Bangkoks skyline.