Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Architectural Transformation: Wang Vari Chaves – A Journey Through Thai History

Wang Vari Chaves

Wang Vari Chaves

“Wang Vari Chaves” is located on Soi Sukhothai 6, Sukhothai Road, Dusit District, Bangkok. It was built in the year 2476 BE (1 year after the change of government) to serve as the residence for Her Royal Highness Princess Vapirabulthak. She was the daughter of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V. The Thai architect, Sunthorn Niamnak, who had completed his studies abroad, designed and supervised the construction.

Wang Vari Chaves old Gate

Wang Vari Chaves old Gate

Wang Vari Chaves Thai architect

Wang Vari Chaves Thai architect

As one of the first buildings during the transition period in architecture from the late Rama VII era, it still retained elements of the traditional Western architectural style. It transitioned towards the early Rama VIII era, which was more modern and international. Construction emphasized cost-effectiveness and simplicity due to the economic downturn. The building materials were also modernized, replacing wood or plaster with reinforced concrete for both structural and decorative components. Geometric patterns were used instead of traditional decorative patterns (gingerbread).

Wang Vari Chaves internal

Wang Vari Chaves internal

Additionally, there was a shift in the architects’ social status from being nobility or foreigners to commoners. This signifies the evolution of architectural patterns and structures in Thailand.

Wang Vari Chaves historical image

Wang Vari Chaves historical image

Wang Vari Chaves historical images

Wang Vari Chaves historical images

Presently, Wang Vari Chaves serves as a heritage building under the ownership and management of the Crown Property Bureau, and its use is leased to Mega Solutions Limited (a private company).

Thank you for the information. Source: Wikipedia Images: วังวาริชเวสม์ and mgronline.com

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