NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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Traditional Thai Architecture was initially created from Thai behavior onthe basis of beliefs. Each feature, for instance, had differentdecorated styles; nevertheless, they had the same main function such as Spacescreated by separated time zoning, split step floors, being made of naturalmaterial and prefabricated building elements. This article aims to analyze thespiritual aspect of Traditional Thai Architecture by the Systems Method. Theresults imply that knowledge of Thai ancestry was forged from the formerenvironment; furthermore, the appearance appealed to all six common humancontact points of eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind. Consequently, thebuildings and the surroundings were plentiful in their display of visible-objects, sounds, aromas, tastes, touch and mind-objects. The entire system ofappearance generated the Sentiment of Traditional Thai Architecture. Thisshould be a clue to the fact that the transition between human needs and Thaiculture is Traditional Thai Architecture. The results show that eye contact, earcontact, and body contact influence perception to enhance the value ofTraditional Thai Architecture. Therefore, today's Thai Architecture should beadapted to these criteria, which should be considered by designer, for conservingTraditional Thai Architecture.

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