Forest-inspired terminal with indoor waterfall planned for Bangkok Airport

DBALP — the architecture firm led by duangrit bunnag — has been selected to design a major new terminal building at bangkok’s suvarnabhumi airport. the scheme references thailand’s lush, vegetation-filled landscapes with a design that immerses passengers within a ‘forest’ environment. between the airport’s passenger and commercial buildings, the design team plans to construct a tropical setting that features a cascading waterfall.

The design comprises two modular structures, that measure 36×36 meters and 18×18 meters respectively. supported by distinctive wooden columns that appear as giant trees, these enclosures cover a total of 348,000 square meters. meanwhile, the indoor forest, which spans 16,132 square meters, is designed to be a ‘live demonstration of how human beings could inherit the natural tropical ecological system’.

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UPDATE: Winning airport design accused of plagiarizing Kengo Kuma’s Wooden Bridge Museum.

Duangrit Bunnag, the renowned local architect who won the bid to design Suvarnabhumi airport’s second terminal, has denied plagiarising the work of a Japanese architect.

«I didn’t copy anyone else’s work. Those who follow my work will know that I created a similar image in my previous designs, such as for a hotel in Sri Lanka,» Mr Duangrit told The Standard, a local online news portal.bangkokpost.com

Duangrit Bunnag’s firm DBALP Consortium, along with Nikken Sekkei, EMS Consultants, MHPM, MSE and ARJ Consortium, were recently announced as winners of the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2 Project design contest. Focused on expanding the Thailand airport, the competition design sparked online accusations of plagiarizing Kengo Kuma’s Wooden Bridge Museum in southern Japan.

DBALP Consortium’s winning airport design

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