The “Bhumibol Sangkeet Building” Project was initiated in the 1994. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s accession to the throne. Mahidol University proposed the idea of establishing the college of Music to be the first complete perfect College of Music in Thailand. The College of Music, Mahidol University has received His Majesty King Bhumibol’s kind permission to use his name for the buildings as “Bhumibol Sangkeet Building”
The First Phase
The building project’s first phase began in 1996 and was completed in 2006. It consists of a group of buildings, built on twelve rai of land at the south side of Mahidol University, Salaya campus, close to the Pinklao – Nakornchaisri highway. The architectural team responsible for the project was provided by Tonsilp Architect, Co., ltd. The group of buildings consists of three main areas:
- First area (Building A) has 5 floors with a floor space of about 13,310 sq. meters. This building is used for teaching and learning, rehearsal rooms, organization and administration.
- Second area (Building B) covers a floor space of 4,338 sq. meters and includes the Music Auditorium (353 seats) and Glass House.
- Third area (Building C) covers a floor space of 1,886 sq. meters and is known as the Music Library Building, consisting of the music library and the Centre of Music Electronic media /Information.
These 3 areas are connected by an open space for activities and there is also an oval -shaped open air concert stage as the centre of the group of buildings.
Concepts of Architecture design
The architects had created the design concept of “Sense of Place”, with suits the need to make this group of buildings “A warm and Lively Music Community”. This is achieved by giving importance to a mixture of semi-outdoor space for movement and socializing and closed space of the main interior areas inside the building, which mainly consists of the rehearsal rooms and classrooms and need sound control system. The architects had used the semi-outdoor space to make the lively continuity link in between the space between interior and outdoor. On the technical side, these buildings are designed with concerns for the acoustic systems and energy–consuming.
The New Expansion Phase & Cultural Zone
The College of Music is one of the main partners responsible for developing Mahidol University’s area to be a cultural zone for the learning benefit of the society and the Salaya Community. The Cultural Zone consists of the first phase building project (buildings A,B and C) and the College of Music’s new expanded areas: Building D, The Monument of Kru Mee Khak, the Musica Arboretum, the Southeast Asia Music Museum, the Auditorium of the Center of Innovative Technology and Multi-Purpose Practicum, and a natural preservation area.
The new expansion project area is to the west side of the first phase construction project and is under construction in the College of Music Campus.
Music Teaching and Learning and Laboratory Project (Building D)
A 5 storey building , covers an area of 7,000 sq. meters and consists of 42 private teaching studio rooms, 81 private practice rooms, 9 lecture rooms, a Music Therapy laboratory, Music Business Department’s Laboratory.
The lobby, contains the “Sippasadom” project or the Artists’ poles project. The College of Music has invited the National Artists, and contemporary artists whose works are acknowledged nationwide to create three dimensional art works on 20 of the building’s poles which is called “Sippadom” The poles height vary from 12 – 16 meters. One pole is given to one artist. The art piece pole should be a free and creative art work with no frameworks, no obligations whatsoever, in order to create a piece of art which illuminate the path to music and support to establish the thoroughfare with aesthetic taste.
In the stairway area in the east side of building D, there is an open- air concert space “Larn Silapin” (Artist Stage), a stage for Students and invited artist guests.
The Musica Arboretum
On the occasion of the 80th Birthday Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol, the College of Music collaborated with the Institution of Thai Environment and other private sector institutions to initiate the idea to establish the Musica Arboretum as a place to plant trees used in making musical instruments on the 5 rai – area at the north side of the Music Teaching- Learning and Laboratory Project (Building D) There are many kinds of trees that are used to make musical instruments and there are two marble sculptures from Carrara, Italy. Carved by sculptors “on site” from Italy the first one is a sculpture of Pra Jenduriyanga’s Cello. (Pra Jenduriyanga is the man known as the father of Western Music in Thailand) The second one is the sculpture of a saxophone and His Majesty the King’s Composition.
The Musica Arboretum is like a museum of living trees. It is a learning place for Society and Culture that depends on the natural wonders of woods. Trees will be sustainably transformed into musical instruments, while preserving the living plants. The inheritance the music culture including traditional way of life will also be preserved for humanity’s history. The arboretum will become a music area and learning place, supporting tourism, and developing the music industry. It is scheduled to open this in the first semester of the 2008 academic year.
Southeast Asian Music Museum Building Project
The objective of the Southeast Asia Music Museum Building Project is to provide a place to gather a collection of Musical Instruments, biographies of important musicians, and their musical sounds. It will be used as the venue to learn about Southeast Asian music and for the performance of music by different composers, giving opportunity to the composers and the academic community for learning. The museum is currently in the design stage.
Music Campuses for General Public
Music Campuses for the General Public is a project that aims at the whole community, in order to develop their quality life, to equip children and young adults with music studies, and to provide strong background knowledge in music for those who would like to further their study in music in pre-college and college level.
Now, the College of music has 2 branches of Music Campuses for General Public:
The College of Music is one of the leading institutions in Southeast Asia that has the best environment for education. There is a strong resource allocation, excellent buildings and facilities, broad media, equipment and I.T. system which promote educational management, research, academic services, and cultural preservation in a sustainable way and internationally accredited.
The College of Music divides the areas according to the way we use them into four main groups;
- Performance Areas
- Music Resources Areas
- Instructional Areas
- Auxiliary Areas
Bhumibol Sangkeet Building
Music Teaching and Learning and Laboratory Project
- Building D (Download)
South East Asia Music Museum
- Southeast Asian Music Museum Building (Download)
- Artist Residency (Download)
- Music Square (Download)