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“Copied forest design” of new Bangkok airport terminal abandoned

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A wooden design that critics said copied a Japanese architect’s ideas has been abandoned for Suvarnabhumi’s new Terminal 2 building. 

A board meeting at the AoT (Airports of Thailand PCL) on Wednesday decided to scrap the design of renowned Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag and his D-BALP consortium. 

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The “forest” design was slammed in September of last year after criticism that it was just a copy of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s wooden bridge museum in southern Japan. 

Critics also said it was not appropriate for an airport. 

Now the AoT say they will design the building themselves. 

What has happened to the 329 million baht design budget was not explained in either the Siam Rath or INN story about the board’s decision. 

The project is costing 4.2 billion baht in total. 

Both news sources concentrated on changes to the way commercial outlets and duty free will operate at the new terminal.

Thaivisa notes that also back in September there was further controversy when it was reported that Duangrit Bunnag – a member of one of Thailand’s most famous families – had got the contract after only finishing second in the design contest. 

The winners were disqualified on a technicality after not submitting an official quotation form. 

Thai Visa / INN | Siam Rath

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