This detailed, magnificently illustrated survey shows how Thai architecture has evolved over the years to become a significant cultural art form. Beginning with a history of the country and its wide cultural influences, it goes on to describe and illustrate a huge range of structures, from Thai houses to elaborate temples and even crematoriums. It concludes with a look at contemporary Thai architecture and how traditional architecture practices have been adapted to suit modern needs.
Table of Contents
1. History: An Architecture of Layers; 2. Thai Houses; 3. Thai House Elements; 4. Religious Architecture; 5. The Grand Palace; 6. Temple and Palace Elements; 7. Temple and Palace Ornaments; 8. Immigrant and Foreign-influenced Architecture; 9. Thai Architectural Forms Today.
Nithi Sthapitanonda is one of Thailand's most renowed contemporary architects and President of the 49 Group. Brian Mertens is a Bangkok-based writer on Asian art, culture and travel. Michael Freeman has contributed the photography to scores of books, including Sudan and Spirit of Asia, both published by Thames & Hudson. Luca Invernizzi Tettoni has published many books, including The Arts of Thailand and The Tropical Garden. Robert McLeod is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest. Teerawat Winyarat has provided the photos for such publications as Art 4d and Elle Deco Thailand.