Dedicated to the founding father of Thailand’s modern economy, an innovative structure with a rooftop greenway and farm billed as the biggest in Asia opened today at a prestigious school in northern metro Bangkok.
Spanning up to 36 acres (145,600sqm) on Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, Puey Park for the People officially opened today in honor of Puey Ungphakorn, who served as the university’s rector and dean of economics.
The project took six years and includes a 7,000sqm rooftop farm where students, professors and staff can grow organic vegetables; terraced rice fields; a concert hall; oval-shaped amphitheater; public library, and even a “space for yoga.”
The landmark is the result of a collaboration between the Arsomsilp Institute of the Arts and design firm Landprocess — founded by Kotchakorn Voraakhom, who last month was named by Time magazine on its “100 Next” list.
She also designed Chulalongkorn University’s Centenary Park, a major urban eco park in the heart of Bangkok.
“This project will be another opportunity for learning for Thammasat University students, the nation’s future leaders,” the architect wrote online. “Thank you for this opportunity. It’s like I’ve been running a marathon for 6 years and finally I’m at the finish line…. Chaiyo!”