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Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) has announced, upon the consensus of Airport Of Thailand (AOT) Board of Directors, that their design competition proposal for new Suvarnabhumi International Passenger Terminal II (BKK) has been selected as a winning scheme and will be developed into tender documents in 300 days.

DBALP, who has been working as a lead design team, has also been in collaboration with Nikken Sekkei Airport Design Team and 6 more architect and engineering consultant on this project. Duangrit Bunnag, Architect and Design Director of DBALP, will be leading of this consortium and working towards the final stage of design of this new international terminal of Bangkok.

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The proposed architectural design of the new terminal is created under the theme of ‘Forest’. Instead of explaining its architectural concept through the conventional metaphoric and cultural meaning domain, the architect choose the analogical articulations of nature to rediscover Thailand  from the different perspective of ecological approach. Duangrit described the new airport terminal as an ontological design that fully embrace the passenger and the staff within the effect of tropical forest and enhancement of ecological nature that resemble the local tropical forest of Thailand.

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Replacing the conventional expensive long span terminal roof structure, the architect design the building in two prominent modular grid structure of 36 metre by 36 metre and 18 metre by 18 metre that spans and covers the total 348,000 square metre of building area. Each grid is supported by a structural and architectural column that will become the key visual expression of the overall building.

The column will be a fabrication of elaborated manufactured forestry wood cladding that 100% neutral on carbon footprint and the form of the column will be articulated, architecturally, to deliver the effect and experience of walking into the tropical forest that Thailand is well recognised for.

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And beyond the architectural impression, the design team also proposed an authentic real tropical forest within the building. In between two major terminal component of passenger building and airport commercial building, the architect proposed a 16,132 square metre of natural closed ecological tropical forest landscape terrain within.

This tropical forest is designed by DBALP landscape architect team to be a live demonstration of how human being could inherit the natural tropical ecological system of nature within the manmade architecture. This will the first of its kind among any airport in the world.

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Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited (DBALP) is one of the leading architectural firm in Thailand that value its 18 years of practice among gold medal awards, locally and globally. Nikken Sekki is the largest architectural company in Japan and the second largest in the world that inherit expertise of major complex building for architecture and engineering. Other company in the consortium are ARJ Studio, EMS, MHPM and MSE

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