Makkasan Train Factory: an attempt to preserve Bangkok’s urban heritage
Pongkwan Lassus

The Makkasan Train Factory, opened 110 years ago, is the first industrial estate in Thailand and used to be the biggest hub for train production in Southeast Asia. Nowadays, this huge land of 80 hectares, with direct access from the Savarnabhumi airport rail link, is considered a golden land right in the business center of Bangkok, that attracts real estate investors. A third of the land set aside at the end of last year for the development of a mixed use commercial project as a part of the High Speed Train project. As this land is the last big area of public land in the capital, civic groups for urban heritage conservation and the environment tried to point out its tangible and intangible heritage value hoping that there would be a proper master plan to preserve these values for future generations.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Tropical architecture, Modern diaspora, Design with climate, Makkasan Train Factory, Thailand modern architecture.

Issue 63
Year 2020
Pages 80-84

PDF (English)