Queen Sirikit Park : Permeating
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.
‘Permeating’ Through the banana jungle at Garden of Musaceae Family
Bananas’ characteristic is best expressed in grove while their every other striking parts; upright stem, leaf, flower and fruit are better admired by a close observation.
Rings of Vetiver Grass are adopted as border to group and categorizes each of the 14 distinctive group of bananas for a better interpretation while still keep their best characteristic of grove. The rings are organically interlocked to create a permeable space that allows visitors to move freely through. The gentle flow of planning also provides easy addition for the ever growing collection.
Planted in the elevated ground sloping towards the waterway system of the park, the fast growing bananas are provided with the organic compost for their intensive needs of nutrients. The surrounding Vetiver grass helps absorb run-off and trap particles from the excess compost. Its deep root system, while helps control erosion, does not compete with the shallower system of banana.
Apart from their local availability and low cost, the pre-fabricated porous concrete grass block is used to pave the walkway for their ease of installation to prevent impact to the ground. This permeable hard surface allows water to seeps through. Some of these pavers are re-used from the existing garden.