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Single-Storey House on a Foundation of Simplicity

Single-Storey House on a Foundation of Simplicity

Right in the middle of a field in Ang Thong Province stands a single-storey house that has become a community point of interest, built with his own cash by a 73-year-old youngster.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Patsiri Chot /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Design: Teerachai Leesuraplanon /// Style: Somboon Kringkrai

Owner Chamnan Chatchawalyangkul says, “At my age, I really needed to make this happen while I was still strong enough to get around. I don’t want to be a burden on my kids when I’m not so capable anymore, living in a cramped room with them worrying about me all the time. I needed to plan in advance to have a house where I can take care of myself. And the house will eventually belong to the kids anyhow.” 

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Chamnan’s design is spare and open, with excellent ventilation. With everything on the same level, each room is accessible by wheelchair. One special place is a karaoke room for him and his friends. Architect Jim (Teerachai) Leesuraplanon tells us, “Chamnan said he’d always lived in a rowhouse, a limited, safe space. Some people might want a house in the middle of an open lot to be open all around, but I think about safety, too. This is why we put the brick wall in front, and the iron bars, barriers that still allow light and air to pass through. I’d summarize the design I had in mind with the three words ‘balance,’ ‘blend,’ and ‘believe,’ expressing a balanced life, cause and effect, and faith.”

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Standing in a rural field with a road in front, the house opens out on a rubber tree orchard in the rear. Simplicity is the foundation of the design: a balance between vertical and horizontal lines and surfaces, no nooks or ridges to collect dust, and elemental materials such as concrete, wood, metal, brick, and gravel. A metal frame lifts the roof at an angle to break the force of the wind. The floor is raised above the ground, facilitating maintenance work on utility systems beneath. The front wall is a striking display of BPK brick, a local Ang Thong material, laid in a unique arrangement to create beautiful patterns of light and shade, with an additional layer of sliding glass windows for safety. Around the house is laid a path of river gravel, so someone in the house can easily hear a person walking outside.

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The big central living room is a great place to relax, but the real heart of the house is the big porch. When the folding doors are opened, the room opens up, and it’s much like an old-time Thai house, with the added benefit of a great view of the gorgeous rubber forest, just as the original design envisioned.

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Link: www.baanlaesuan.com/112376/houses/balance-blend-believe/

DEmark Award 2018 / Design Excellence Award

DEmark Award 2018 / Design Excellence Award

We have the results of this year’s official accolade of design excellence. Eight pieces of furniture have won the coveted DEmark Award for outstanding design for 2018. Among the winners: a water hyacinth chair beautifully crafted on a metal frame, a neatly packed kitchen cabinet, a chair inspired by tea tree topiaries, and a set of chairs that come together as table legs.

/// Thailand ///

 

Furniture category: “Khing,” a set of stool and table inspired by research on tea tree topiaries, a craft skill that’s slowly disappearing – by the Sumphat Gallery

Every year, the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) gives out the Design Excellence Award, DEmark Award for short, as an acknowledgement of outstanding merit by Thai designers from across the country.

The ultimate official accolade seeks to increase direct presence of Thailand’s creative products in the world marketplace. Successful candidates will participate in international trade events, such as the Gmark Award competition in Japan, as well as DITP’s exhibition tours throughout Europe and Asia.

This year’s DEmark Awards were given to eight pieces of furniture for impressive achievements in  blending craft skills with modern manufacturing techniques.

Furniture category: A neatly packed kitchen cabinet called “Q-Mini Compact” – by Qrua
Furniture category: “Jaak Coffee Table,” an elaborate design that gets its inspiration from the bird cage common in southern Thailand — by Tima
Furniture category: “Sim Steel Bar Stool,” impressive knock-down furniture ideas — by Take Home Design
Furniture category: The so-called (W)hole Chair, featuring stow-away furniture ideas — by Everyday Studio
Furniture category: “Water Weed Chair,” a product of collaboration between a community skilled in the art of basketry and a modern furniture designer — by the Sumphat Gallery
Furniture category: “Krachap,” a hanging lounge chair featuring bamboo housing crafted on a steel frame — by Performax and “Kodax,” a lounge chair capable of moving in a circle around an axis — by Kenkoon

 

Every year, the DEmark Awards are given out in six categories — Furniture, Lifestyles, Fashion, Industry, Packaging and Graphic Design – as an acknowledgement of outstanding achievements by Thai designers and manufacturers. Not all of the winners are listed in this report.

Lifestyles category: “TARN Collection,” a mortar and pestle set — by Stew
Lifestyles category: “Year Ring Collection,” an accessory container made of wood — by Deesawat
Lifestyles category: “Hill Pot,” a collection of houseplant containers — by Qualy
Lifestyles category: “Chong Mana,” a collection of scented candles featuring the motto “work hard and you shall succeed” — by Dib Dee and “Wit Tray,” a food tray featuring bamboo crafted on a steel frame — by Yothaka
Lifestyles category: “Husk Object,” a set of tray, coasters, and flower pots made of neatly compacted rice husks — by Sonite
Industry category: “Vento Brick,” a perforate wall designed to enhance natural air circulation — by Kenzai
Fashion category: “Natural Blue Honor Sport Jacket,” an apparel collection made of indigo-dyed fabric – by Blue Nails
Graphic Design category: “Thunder Bird Hostel” — by Shake and Bake Studio
Graphic Design category: “Chiangmai Design Week 2018” — by Octopus Grafik Studio

 

For more information, please visit: http://demarkaward.net/en/demark_winner?product_type=0&year_awarded=2018&keyword=Search

 


 

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Renovating an Old Bedroom to be a Bridal Home

Renovating an Old Bedroom to be a Bridal Home

These rooms are like a house within a house: they were once just a 90-square-meter bedroom on the second floor.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Nawapat Dusdul /// Photography: Nantiya Busabong /// Design: Fatt! Studio
 

Starting life as a married couple, lovebirds Sitthidej Chirapanda and Nicha Pongstaporn took on the challenge of renovating Sitthidej’s sister’s old bedroom. After dividing a second-floor usable space of 70 square meters into living room and bedroom, they added in the 20-square-meter octagonal loft to create an art gallery.

Architects from Fatt! Studio took on the job, and kept the original structure almost intact, but did save space by changing the floating staircase from its original design to a helical (spiral) one, adding an implicit eye-catching point of interest to the space. This required careful measurement to get the proportions right, so tall people wouldn’t hit the ceiling going up. Here, too, the meticulous, painstaking work of master craftsmen was employed in creating a finely detailed brick wall. After a first coat of plain white paint they daubed, trimmed, and polished the bricks in different spots piece by piece to create the sort of unique patterning the residents were looking for.

The architects retained the original makha wood floor, carefully abrading the wood to soften it, then surfacing it with a round of oil-based finisher. It was decided to completely remove the original living room ceiling so as to open the space up much more. A ceiling-specific demolition method was used, enabling display of the bare surface of the red wood above, which was polished, softening colors until the unique grains of each panel showed clearly.

In the octagonal gallery the original window was replaced with a one set with square panes painted white, offsetting the black-paned sliding steel door between living room and bedroom. The division of the main floor is quite noticeable, as the colors split it off into two sections:  the living room is mainly white, while the bedroom is defined by darker, more austere tones, giving it a quieter, more restful mood.


Even on a day when the weather is not all that favorable, the overcast, sunless firmament shading the wall surfaces, the room we’re standing in exudes warmth of other kinds: it’s warm in color and style, and warmed by the smiles of this lovable couple who get to live on and on within this private space they themselves once called the stuff of dreams.

Link : www.facebook.com/fattstudioarchitect/

A Fabric Guide to Home Decoration

A Fabric Guide to Home Decoration

“Fabric” is one of the most popular materials used in home decoration. It’s preferred for an enormous richness of sizes, colors, and types of textiles as well as design patterns to suit every need. There’s a variety of fabrics that are developed for the purpose of interior decoration. We call them HOME TEXTILES. 

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Ektida N. /// Photography: Supawan S. 
/// Style: Worawat T. /// Graphic Design: Pornpailin Nateetip

 

Home Textiles come in 2 categories: One for the curtains, the other for furniture upholstery.

HOME TEXTILES

CURTAIN FABRICS

In general, three types of materials are used in curtain making. They include: Nontransparent fabric (the innermost layer), Shade fabric (the one in the middle), and Sheer fabric (the outer layer adjoining the windowpane). Of the three layers, it’s the dark curtain that has the most influential visual effects that set the mood of the room. Factors that affect how you feel range from a palette of colors, to design patterns, to the thickness of the textile.

3 Things to consider in choosing the right textile for your curtains 

Beauty

Curtains are a decorating material that is replaced the least often of all types of home furnishings. Some may never get changed at all. That being said, it’s extremely important to get it right the first time – especially the nontransparent layer. Besides the beauty of the fabric, style matters. It makes your heart sing to have beautifully hung curtains that answer your lifestyle needs and fit in perfectly with the furniture. Together, they set the atmosphere and style options in the same direction.

Fabric Types

The material most appropriate for making curtains is polyester fabric. Made from plastics, it’s easy to blend with other fibers and less likely to allow moisture to build up. This in turn makes it fungal and bacterial resistant.  Apart from that, it stays beautiful for a long time because the color doesn’t fade easily. It’s machine-washable, and can withstand steam-press iron up to 165° Celsius.

Safety

For safety, choose materials that are covered by Ministry of Industry quality standards, which ascertain that the chemical process used in dyeing textiles are formaldehyde-free and lead-free. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of the chemicals is known to cause cancer. Start your search with countries of manufacturing, for example Thailand, or Australia, where safety regulations on toxic chemicals are strictly enforced. 

UPHOLSTERY FABRICS

Durability takes the highest priority over other matters when selecting fabrics for furniture upholstery. The fabrics chosen for this specific task must be highly capable of withstanding friction and enduring heavier weight than can the materials made for curtains. While curtains are meant to be beautiful, upholstery fabrics are made to last. They have pride of place as soft, padded coverings on the furniture, the headboard, even the wall. Like the curtains, upholstery fabrics should be polyester, which is easy on the eye, and easy to keep clean. And the choice isn’t limited to just upholstery. There is polyester to meet every specific need, be it water-resistant, mold-and-mildew resistant, or fire-retardant, even the kind that suppresses noise.

HOME TEXTILESWhy100% Polyester?

// Made from plastics, polyester fabric has certain qualities which prevents moisture from accumulating, resulting in exceptional ability to resist to fungus, molds, and mildew. It’s easy to keep clean and retains colors much longer than other material. That’s what makes it ideal for furniture upholstery, throw pillows, and curtains. //

HOME TEXTILES

USEFUL TIPS

// Choose fabric that’s appropriate for the work to be done. Refer to information on the label accompanying the material for certain.  //

 

NOTE: Check the product code for dimensions, type of fabric, and usage guidelines by referring to information underneath this picture.

HOME TEXTILES

01
Design No. ES044
Width: 300 cm.
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains

02
Design No. 10023/102
Width: 55 “ (140 cm.)
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains, Throw pillows, Furniture upholstery

03
Design No. 10016/102
Width: 60 “ (150 cm.)
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains, Throw pillows, Furniture upholstery

04
Design No. 10041/114
Width: 55 “ (140 cm.)
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains, Throw pillows, Furniture upholstery

05
Design No. : 1692/01
Width: 60 “ (150 cm.)
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains, Throw pillows, Furniture upholstery

06
Design No. 10063/116
Width: 55 “ (140 cm.)
Composition: 100% Polyester
Usage: Curtains, Throw pillows, Furniture upholstery


Data and fabric details courtesy of: HOMEWORK FABRICS

Contact information
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Khwaeng Nong Khang Phlu, District of Nong Khaem,
Bangkok 10160, Thailand
Tel: +662-119-7888 Fax: +662-810-8091
Email: marketing@goldhousedecor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/homework.th

 

Peaceful, Shady Northeastern Thai House

Peaceful, Shady Northeastern Thai House

Out of the edge of a sun hemp field rises what looks to be a traditional huean isaan (Northeastern Thai house). But this home, set in a shady, woodsy atmosphere, fragrant with the aromas of a Thai house and the fun-filled rhythms of Thai family ways, is fully adapted to contemporary ways of life.

/// THAILAND ///
Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photography: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Style: Wanas Thira /// Design: Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architects

 
After Sakda and Orapin Sreesangkom had lived 20 years in a condo, they designed this eco-friendly house to find an adaptation of Thai family life that could suit the modern age, and to build environmental awareness in themselves and their children.



The ground floor design echoes the traditional tai thun lower space found beneath Thai houses. A porch reaches outwards to fill the usual roles: entertaining guests, socializing. Up close you’ll see it’s more like 3 houses connected by one deck, each one with wide eaves blocking sun and rain, but with a twist: the underside insulation is “rammed earth,” La Terre’s innovative cooling solution that rapidly absorbs and diffuses heat and is made from organic, renewable materials. Sakda and designers Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architects shared the same vision.

The huean isaan takes over in spirit, though, with its outward image evoking a cultural memory reflected in the playfulness of the three boys, Chris, Gav, and Guy, bringing cheer to every corner of the house: playing in the attic, sliding down polished planks beside the stairway, and everyone’s favorite: the sky deck, accessible from anywhere in the house.

 
The heart of the home is the living room: it’s spacious, with bar counter, dining area, and sofas for relaxing, sized 7 X 11 meters, and with no support pillars blocking the view within. It was designed to mirror the look and function of the tai thun, a space that brings everyone together to do whatever they like to do best, as individuals or a group.

The building foundation supports a raised deck all around the house. This keeps slithering things and garden creepy-crawlies from coming into the house, at the same time creating good ventilation below. The extra area for sitting, stretching the legs, or walking out into the garden is one more bonus.

Sakda’s deep attachment to the traditional huean isaan it what brought this all about. That, and the family’s courage in leaving the convenience of condo life behind them to design, build and live in a completely different way, growing their own garden, and creating a new home that could be passed down to the next generations.

Sun hemp is grown for soil maintenance

Link: Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architects

The Chairmen of Thai Design, A Room Magazine Showcase at The BaanLaeSuan Select Fair

The Chairmen of Thai Design, A Room Magazine Showcase at The BaanLaeSuan Select Fair

A chair exhibition featuring works by distinguished Thai designers … You will yearn to add one to your collection.

“The Chair” is one of the greatest inventions. Since a long time ago, with dexterous hands and logical minds, humans have crafted more chairs than we ever know. Even now, most furniture brands and design studios continue to come up with amazing new designs. Plenty of good reasons they should never stop!

Design isn’t about just drawing to show the look and function of a product. Rather, it has to do with showing good aesthetic judgment, something that helps people enjoy the magic of sculpture. In a nutshell, the chair is more than a separate seat to sit in. It’s a million experiences.

Well-thought-out design gives us a sense of connection to events past and present. Whether it’s looked at from a cultural, economic, technological, or social perspective, the chair offers a wide range of benefits and serves the purpose for which it’s intended.

Organized by the capable team of Room Magazine, the Chairmen of Thai Design showcases a fascinating array of works by Thai designers who are experts in the field. You will find plenty of great ideas on view that heralded a new chapter in Thai furniture design, including products that have won critical acclaim both at home and abroad.

As business adapts to a rapidly changing world, you are invited to join us in celebrating the creativeness of Thai designers. Together, they go to work applying more effort toward achieving a higher goal.

A major attraction at BaanLaeSuan Select Fair, the Chairmen of Thai Design exhibition will happen at the Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, May 30 to June 3, 2018.

A special event on Friday June 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., meet up with distinguished designers who showcase their products at the show. At the risk of stating the obvious, the informal gathering is about the chair and how things have changed. We don’t want you to miss it.

Designers from 30 studios showcasing at the Chairmen of Thai Design

1.The Savannah, Yothaka, by Suwan Kongkhuntian
2. The Rush Chair, o-d-a studio, by Piti Amraranga and Jutamas Buranajade
3. The Sputnik, Salt and Pepper Design studio for Corner 43 Decor, by Anchana Thongpaitoon and Pipidh Khowsuwan
4. The Wave, Ayodhya studio, by M.L. Pawinee Santisiri
5. The Noodle Stool, 56th Studio, by Saran Yenpanya
6. The Fluctuation of Precision, Anon Pairot studio for SCG, by Anon Pairot
7. The Brace Stool, Deesawat, by Jirachai Tangkijngamwong
8. The Grid, Dot Design studio for Galvanii, by Krit Phutpim
9. The Batten, Thinkk studio for Tectona, by Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai
10. The Sumo, Mobella, by Anuphon YooYuen
11. The Kiri, Mobella, by Ath Supornchai
12. The Jaak Stool, Tima studio, by Supachai Klaewtanong
13.The Radee, Bambunique, by Amornthep Kachanonda
14. The Ele 1.1 Dining, by Doonyapol Srichan
15. The Tori, Golf-JC studio, by Jakkapun Charinrattana
16. The Fig, Masaya, by Apiwat Chitapanya
17. The Waterweed, Sumphat Gallery, by Rush Pleansuk
18. The Core Chair, Trimode studio for Corner 43 Decor, by Pirada – Paradee Senivongse na Ayudhya, and Shinpanu Athichathanabadee
19. The Tension, Plural Designs, by Piboon Amornjiraporn
20. The Placer, Whoop, by Pitchaya Maneerattanaporn
21. The Bangkok Taxi, Everyday studio, by Wuthichai Leelavoravong and Dr. Siriporn Kobnithikulwong
22. The Sora, Satawat Design, by Ratthee Phaisanchotsiri
23. The Anonymous Chair, PHTAA studio, by Ponwit Ratanatanatevilai, Harisadhi Leelayuwapan, and Thanawat Patchimasiri
24. The Cane, Atelier2+ studio, by Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont
25. The Gom, Hari Ora, by Chayanin Sakdikul and Nutdanai Siribongkot
26. The Enso, Flo, by Naroot Pitisongswat
27. The Lock, Room Lab, by Vongsatorn Chaicherdchuvong
28. The Saturno, Kenkoon, by Pichak Tanarojviboon
29. The Chamfer, Plato, by Noraset Sabai
30. The Suite, Studio AB, by Apirat Boonruangthaworn
 

Modern House amid a Country Atmosphere

Modern House amid a Country Atmosphere

This one-storey wooden house is designed to bring the best of the old Northeast Thailand lifestyle into the modern age. Strikingly contemporary with its high-gabled roofs, it features a spacious adaptation of the traditional Thai house verandah where relatives and neighbors can come together, hang out, and shoot the breeze. 

 /// THAILAND ///
Story: Ektida N. /// Photography:  Soopakorn Srisakul
 

In the peaceful countryside atmosphere of Si Chompu District in Khon Kaen Province, Wathinee Sudta calls her family’s wooden house “Baan Boon Home.” The English word “home” in Northeast dialect means “get together,” so combined with the word “boon” (merit) the name comes out as “get-together make-merit house.”

wooden house

Originally, Wathinee wanted the designers of S Pace Studio simply to renovate the old 2-storey house. whose bottom level had cement flooring, with the upstairs all wood. After a full assessment of materials and building frame, though, it became clear that a completely new house was the way to go.

The first step was to raise the foundation above road level with landfill, to reduce the risk of flooding. Eventually they took advantage of the large property size to bring all the functionality of the former two storeys into a thoroughly modern single-level house with the added bonus of not requiring an aging grandma to climb stairs anymore.

wooden house

wooden house

Baan Boon Home has a floor space of 190 square meters, with enough functionality to completely meet the needs of the fivefamily members. The rear section of the house has a high-gabled roof which overlaps the lower-gabled front, where the corrugated roofing is translucent, allowing natural daylight to shine in, an especially effective way to keep the 9-meter-deep verandah light and cheerful.

Another unique feature is the placement of the kitchen at the front of the house, with the thought that family members will tend to enjoy most sit-down meals together on the verandah. The kitchen is fully enclosed, and the walls have grooves etched and painted to resemble wood grain, all giving a clean, proportionate look to a highly practical design.

wooden house

The wood used to build the house is mostly – 90% or more – real wood taken from the old house. This saved on the budget, and only the high-quality, strong wood was used, but the marks on its surface speak of character, faithful service over time, and add charm, keeping lifetimes of family memories alive and shining into modern times.

Link : www.baanlaesuan.com/99541/design/living/homeboon/

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VERNACULAR HOUSES AROUND THE ASEAN

VERNACULAR HOUSES AROUND THE ASEAN

If you are interested in design based on local needs, local materials, and local traditions, you will find vernacular building exhibitions well worth a visit.

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The expo area features 5 show pavilions designed by the design firms.

Five show pavilions are open now at Architect ’18, the ASEAN’s largest building technology exposition organized by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA). It’s happening on May 1-6, 2018 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani.

Plastic crates filled with clay are readied for the show at Architect ’18.

Other attractions range from a photography display by Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Heritage Studies Group, and exhibitions by various architectural firms, to retail businesses, and seminars featuring distinguished speakers from Thailand and abroad.

The expo’s must-see events include a show pavilion by Boon Design, which presents building techniques using materials readily available in a locality, such as plastic crates for fruit transportation filled with clay.

Inside one of the show pavilions dedicated to vernacular-style living
The dark exterior that is characteristic of the Boon Design show pavilion

Designer Boonlert Hemvijitraphan said: “Traditionally, earth has been a material of choice for home building while plastic crates come in handy as byproducts of the industry. The choice of materials is often dictated by availability in a particular area. Homes can be made of anything, whether it’s earth or wood, so long as they are adapted to suit local needs and requirements.” Like so, a vernacular house in Southeast Asia may appear dim on the inside because there are only a few openings. Lace fabrics on the windows tell stories of clever adaptations to suit local weather conditions.

Vernacular houses on the waterfront in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand
photograph reflects local beliefs and customs around the Region.

The building techniques differ from country to country across Southeast Asia as illustrated by the photo exhibition by the Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Heritage Studies Group. Its members include Isarachai Buranaut, Kullphut Seneevong Na Ayudhaya, Somchai Chuechuaychu, and Surapong Jamniyom.

 

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Virtual Reality on Google

Virtual Reality on Google

 Of course you have heard of the oldest and most famous places in world history. But, do you know that one of Google’s main ambitions is to inspire you to see them in a fun and simple way?

 

/// Photo: Google ///

With Google VR and drone footage, the multinational technology company lets you experience virtual reality of 25 historic sites in 18 countries across the globe — from Bagan, an ancient city in central Myanmar, to Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, to the ruins of Pompeii in southern Italy, and Al Azem Palace in Syria, which dates back to the days of the Ottoman Empire.  

Also enjoyed by many is Google Arts and Culture, an online platform through which people can access images of artworks and exhibits hosted by participating museums. For the education of future generations, Google is partnering with CyArk, a non-profit organization dedicated to making historical and cultural heritage sites accessible to the public. CyArk uses laser light technology to crate 3D representations of sites of outstanding universal value.

For now, join us on incredible adventures to some of the most famous heritage sites in the ASEAN. Appreciate peace and tranquility in Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar, and experience virtual reality of Wat Phra Sri Sanpet in Ayuttyaya, Thailand. The temple ruins were used as backdrop for scenes in one of many Hollywood movies filmed in Thailand. (https://artsandculture.google.com/project/cyark)

3D Model of Eim Ya Kyaung Temple in Bagan, Myanmar
3D Model of Wat Phra Sri Sanpet in Ayuttyaya, Thailand 
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Teotihuacán, Mexico
Taos Pueblo, the United States
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The Monastery of Geghard, Armenia
The Brandenburg Gate, Germany
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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Modern House with a Thai Flavor

Modern House with a Thai Flavor

A large intergenerational family calls this house home. With family members from 8 to 84 years old, what stories it tells! Here belongings passed down across nearly a century give a sense of “Thainess” to every corner of its modern design.

 /// Thailand ///
Story: Samutcha Viraporn /// Photo:  Sitthisak Namkham, NantiyaBusabong

Modern House
Patama (second from the right) and her family

 Long-time community worker Patama Roonrakwit, Case Studio architect who designed and owns the house, created it from her knowledge of the ways and tastes of all its residents in their old home. In a unique adaptation and fundamental design difference here, she preserved an old wooden house Pong’s grandfather had built, hiring Chinese craftsmen to raise it up to the second floor of the central building so family members could continue to experience its warmth. Besides this, the home contains the offices of Case Studio Architecture, Ed The Builder Contracting, her brother’s tour company, sister’s music school, and guest rooms where friends can stay.

All this had to fit in a space of 1 rai (.4 acre), a narrow, long north-to-south lot.  The building divides into seven sections, some of which are open, verandah-like corridors that give an angular definition to the space, trapping the wind and making for good air circulation throughout.

Modern House
Wooden slats guard against sun and wind and create visual harmony.    
Modern House
The lower floor is a multipurpose area, adapting the Thai traditional “tai thun” space below a house to fit modern lifestyles.
Modern House
A nearly hundred-year-old wooden house is set as the very center of the main home, and contains a shrine holding Buddha images.
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