New Parliament Building - SAPPAYA SAPHASATHAN
For over 78 years, Thailand has been a democratic constitutional monarchy. All this
time, the Parliament has served principally as the Legislative Branch in the Government of
the Kingdom, designated by the Constitution as an elected body of representatives of the
Thai population. Its tasks include the enactment and passing of laws, control of the administration
of State affairs, and giving approval for important affairs of the country. The Parliament Building,
considered a symbol of the democratic governance, plays a vital role as the venue for conducting
assembly business and performance of duties by parliamentarians and administrative units
under the National Assembly toward the fulfillment of their respective roles and tasks
The constantly-expanding roles and tasks of the National Assembly under the Constitution
in the course of time have put constraint on the space requirement for effective task performance,
this despite the relocation of the Legislature and its administrative unit from the Ananta
Samakhom Throne Hall to the present Parliament Building site in 1974, as well as the relocation
of some units of bureaucratic personnel and staff to external rental premises to ease overcrowding.
Still the problem persists, the situation therefore calls for the construction of an entirely new
Parliament building in response to the Legislature’s ever expanding roles and powers as the
nation’s law-giving and checking body.
The search for a suitable location began in 1992 and ended with National Assembly
participating in a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding for the New Parliament
Building Construction Project on August 15, 2008. The building is slated for construction on
state property covering an area of 119 rai, located on Thahaan Road (Kiak Kai), Dusit District,
Bangkok. All parties concerned gave their consent to the agreement.
In due time, the National Assembly issued an invitation to the community of Thai
architects to tender the New Parliament Building Design Competition, which resulted in a total
of 131 designs submitted. The competition vied with each other in presenting creative design
ideas rooted in the Thai identity while displaying grace and harmony with the physical environment
of the site. The National Assembly takes great pride in collecting those designs for publication
in this book, New Parliament. The submitted design contesting for the honour so that this
memorable chapter shall pass into the annals of Thai history.
Commission on New Parliament Building Construction Proceeding hopes that the
construction of the New Parliament Building shall proceed to completion as planned. Moreover,
the anticipated New Parliament Building shall stand as a monument of glory and perfection
whose image shall be a source of pride for all Thais as the enduring focus of democratic
aspirations and great glory for the nation and its people.
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