The Sanam Chai underground station of the Blue Line from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae, when completed, will be one of its kind, unique and different from the other underground train stations.
The Sanam Chai station which is within the Rattanakosin Island zone was purposely intended to showcase Thai traditional architect and to be turned into another tourist attraction for Bangkok besides serving train commuters.
The floor on which the ticket selling booth is located was designed and decorated in a fashion that exudes Thai identity. Designed by Associate Professor Pinyo Suwankhiri, national artist in architecture, huge white square-shaped pillars which were delicately decorated are lined on both sides of the passage way to the station. The ground floor and its walls were modelled after ancient walls with tiles in Pikul flower pattern.
Noting that the Sanam Chai station is in close vicinity to the Grand Palace, Associate Professor Pinyo said he wanted the station to look grand with historic and cultural values.
Besides being designed to be grandiose, he said that practicality and usage of the station were not missed out. For instances, he said inflammable materials were used in the construction and there are no sharpened corners which may pose a hazard to commuters.
Another real engineering challenge is the underground water as the station is close to the Chao Phraya river and there are also many artifacts buried underground, he added.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)