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It Won't Burn Down: Architect Defends Vision for Bangkok Airport

  • Thailand plans to add $1.3 billion terminal at main airport
  • Designer rejects claims wood-clad structure may be fire risk
Rendering of Suvarnabhumi Terminal II design proposal.

Source: Duangrit Bunnag Architect Limited

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Bangkok’s main airport is planning to add a $1.3 billion terminal with extensive wooden cladding and a forested landscape, spurring concern about fire risk. Its designer says there’s no need to worry.

Tropical forests inspired the blueprint for the building and the aim is to give travelers a feeling of Thailand’s uniqueness, 52-year-old architect Duangrit Bunnag said in an interview. He rejected concerns from the Engineering Institute of Thailand that the structure could be a fire hazard.