Architecture of Thailand: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Forms (Thames & Hudson, 2006) by Nithi Sthapitanonda and Brian Mertens gives a comprehensive and visually rich introduction to the topic. The book explains the architectural principles of Thai architecture in housing, religious buildings, temples and palaces. The time scope is from the Sukhothai era to the present. There are also separate chapters about immigrant and foreign influences, and contemporary trends in building.
This book focuses on the multitude of elements and forms that go in Thai architecture. It is a guide to aesthetics that also explores the underlying meanings of forms. All the important features of Thai culture – its agrarian roots, its religion and monarchy, its rich mix of foreign influences – are embodied in buildings. Consequently, tis book also illuminates Thai tradition and history.
– Nithi Sthapitanonda and Brian Mertens, Architecture of Thailand: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Forms (Thames & Hudson, 2006), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and a few architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the binding is fine. The dust-jacket has some signs of shelf wear and use.