NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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A memorial site and architectural landscape plan is symbolic and is psychologically designed to communicate a meaning or a theme to visitors. Its success depends upon the unity of the followingthree components:1.Nature: the existing geography and environment2.Site planning: the management of the space usage and symbolic landscape design3.Landscape elements: statues and the decorative elements.Of these three components, landscape architecture plays a crucial role in connecting the other two components in order to create unity and the sense of place. This case study of the architectural landscape design and planning of Rajabhakti Park, a Memorial to Seven Kings of Siam in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, identifies the principles used in communicating the symbolic meaning. The first part of the study analyzes the three main elements that led to the symbolic concept and includes:--The site plan derived from reading and understanding the values of the site, then using them in a harmonious way,--The design which communicates symbolic meaning and has a specific form that reflects the appropriate concept or philosophy, --The design of scenery and atmosphere perceived through usage of space and the composition of landscape elements.The second part of the study is involved with design concepts that suit the functions.

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