Glass ! – Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand


Glass  ceiling of Suvarnabhumi International Airport mirrors the insides of the building.

As part of the design background research, the use of computer modelling and physical testing were carried out and made the use of heat-strengthened laminated glass. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It was designed by the same German Architect that designed the $800 million Sony Center in Berlin, Helmut Jahn..

Screen printing is  printing patterns onto a glass by special screen with inorganic color materials and  fusing them  into glass surface through the toughening furnace. The printed pattern becomes durable and the color will not  fade.

Suvarnabhumi is made mostly of glass and steel and makes use of a lot of natural light during the day. At night, purple and blue lights are used on the runway which makes it a pretty sight that you can appreciate as you come for landing. It is currently the fourth largest single building airport terminal in the world. This fairly new airport opened in September of 2006 and has been operating smoothly ever since.

A lot of layovers are done here and the long wait for a connecting flight is not so bad because there are plenty of activities to do inside the airport like shop, get a massage, eat or visit the art displays, food venues and even prayer rooms.

You can have your last minute visits to museums, and temples, by just using the Airport link Train service which can take you to central Bangkok where you can do your shopping. There are a lot of malls where you can find cheap clothes, bags, shoes and souvenirs. Almost everything is accessible by train or taxi. You can have your money changed to Baht at the airport.

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footnotes credits:

http://www.glassfiles.com/articles/use-heat-stenghened-laminated-glass-bolted-applications-suvarnabhumi-bangkok-internationa-0

http://liposuctionthailand.org/bkk-suvarnabhumi-international-airport-bkk-airport/

http://www.enyaojingglass.com/info.php?id=45&u=153

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