The Making of Full-sized Drawings and Its Concept: A Case Study of Royal Crematorium of Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana

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Boonyakorn Wachiratienchai

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Creating a large-scale drawing at 1:1 or a full-sized drawing is considered one of the most vital tasks of traditional Thai architectural design to explore its beauty at the final stage. The full-sized drawings are made before making architectural prototypes and construction.


         The drawings aim to reflect an architect's ideas and perception and to solve architectural visual illusions that architecture would appear correct when viewed from a distance. Besides, traditional Thai architecture includes many delicate elements and decorations which cannot be shown and provide full details via small-scale drawings, such as at 1:75 or 1:50. Previously, methods of making full-sized Thai architectural drawings were not recorded, collected and distributed widely. Since Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana, a daughter of King Rama VI and Queen Phra Nang Chao Suvadhana, passed away in 2011, Her Royal Crematorium and other temporary buildings were constructed at Sanam Luang. Considered highranking in Thai architecture, a royal crematorium is almost always designed with Thai architectural elements and adorned with delicate works of art. The royal crematorium of Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana is no exception. It offers the author an opportunity to study the concept and methods of full-scale drawing making from beginning to construction. The research created three-dimensional models from twodimensional architectural drawings of the crematorium to show the design processes and perceptions of the architectural works.

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