Museum Siam Auditorium Building
Museum Siam's main exhibition building, the previous Thailand Ministry of Commerce building, is a conservation building located in one of the historic conservation districts of Bangkok. Previous archeology excavations at this site found archeology artifacts under the ground; thus, the requirement to have an on-site archeology exhibition gallery is a part of the building's functional area. The first and the second floors are exhibition galleries; the third floor is the auditorium which needs a long-span structure. At the auditorium lobby on the third floor, people can see Phra Prang of Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Temple of Dawn) on the west of the Chao Phraya River, and the skylines of Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) and Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaew) at its north.
The design aims to make the auditorium building's appearance harmonize with the existing main exhibition building to strengthen the compound's unique characteristics and atmosphere. Thus the architectural elements and colors of the auditorium building are formed to resemble those of the main exhibition building.
The building is in a reinforced concrete structure; exterior materials are terra-cotta tiles, painted plaster, and low-E glass with powder-coated aluminum frames; interior materials are terra-cotta tiles, wood, local fabric woven carpets, and painted plaster.
Auditorium and Exhibition Gallery