Queen Sirikit Park : Agricultural Patching
Queen Sirikit Park, covers 22.4 Hectare, has been open to public since 1992 with the purpose to collect and exhibit native plants of Thailand. Shma Co., Ltd’s involvement started in 2007 when the park was renovated and 4 new gardens were added to its existing collections;
1. Garden of Fragrant Plants (Renovation, completed July 2008)
2. Garden of Musaceae Family (Renovation, completed December 2008)
3. Garden of Rubiaceae Family (Renovation, completed July 2009)
4. Garden of Domesticated Grasses (Additional, completed July 2010)
Goal and Criteria
The overall design aims to strengthen the goal of the Park to raise public interest and awareness of the rich floral heritage of the country. By means of the design and the careful planning of spaces and sequences, visitors are guided to experience each collection’s distinctive characteristic and quality.
The major criteria of the renovation are the well established nature of the existing park and the ongoing use of the public. The choice of construction method and material are to crucially respond to these criteria as well as the minimum budget. Materials are either off site prefabricated (pre-tensioned concrete plank and concrete grass block) or by-products (granite & marble chips). They are quick and easy to install, reusable, porous and impose minimum impact to the ground.
‘Agricultural Patching’ At Garden of Domesticated Grasses
Grass is a big Family of plants and 3 of them that have a significant role in human life are bamboo, rice and maize. The cultivation of these three crops marks the land and creates distinctive patterns. The design for the Garden of Domesticated Grasses naturally adopts this pattern to recreate agricultural patchwork in the heart of Bangkok, once the important rice cultivation area on Chao Phraya River delta.
Layers of spaces characterized by their use; rice & maize field and rows and grove of 17 Genuses, 70 species of bamboos are weaved together to form the recognizable agricultural pattern. This is overlaid by another layer of space; marble chip field dotted with bamboo bench under the shade of existing mature trees. Visitors to the garden rest at and observe the on going process of cultivation from these spots the way farmers do in their field.