28
May
09

Thai Pavilion

109. Foriegn

109. Foriegn

No nails, no screws, and no metal fasteners of any kind were used to craft the Thai pavilion that is the centerpiece of the Thai Garden in Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. It was assembled by Thai craftsmen in Thailand, then dis-assembled and shipped to Wisconsin. The Thai artisans then re-assembled the pavilion in the Gardens.

The open-air pavilion, called a “sala” in Thailand, is 40 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 30 feet high. It was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the government of Thailand through its king, and it bears the Royal seal of the Thai crown.

The Gardens feature a large reflection pool and uses plants suitable for Wisconsin climate that give the feel of those found in a Thai garden. There are hardy, large leafed plants, shrubs and trees, pruned to mimic the look of tropical plants.These plantings are designed to promote a serene setting – de-emphasizing color and emphasizing texture and form.

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8 Responses to “Thai Pavilion”


  1. 1 tmcchesney
    May 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    How lucky are you to have such a structure – it looks very rich in details and color! Love the reflections in the pond!

  2. May 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    This is beautiful…and a wonderful photo.

  3. May 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Man I’d love to photograph that place.

  4. 4 jmckiss
    May 29, 2009 at 3:37 am

    What a beautiful pavilion — and a lovely symmetrical shot of it!

  5. May 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    This is beautiful! I love your perfect composition in this photo!

  6. May 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    You’ve made it look like a jewel, lovely and i love the idea of mimicking tropical plants

  7. June 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    great piece of architecture

  8. 8 Gandalf
    June 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    This photo is the quintessence of symmetry.


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