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10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

Living ASEAN presents 10 modern tropical homes for an inspiration as we celebrate another year ending and a new one beginning. They focus on a beautiful blend of indoor and outdoor spaces that translates into stylish patios, cool verandas and courtyard tropical gardens. Plus, plenty of ideas to make your yard lush!

 

PEACEFUL, SHADY NORTHEASTERN THAI HOUSE


MODERN HOUSE AMID A COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE


 

VIETNAM TRADITIONAL BRICK HOUSE


 

QUIET INTERACTION OF NATURE AND ARCHITECTURE


 

LOCAL THAI HOUSE IN A JAPANESE TRADITION


 

LOCAL, WITH A MODERN FLAVOR


 

A WHITE HOUSE MATCHING MODERN ARCHITECTURE TO ITS ENVIRONMENT


 

CANALSIDE “GARDEN HOUSE” FOR HAPPINESS


MODERN HOUSE WITH A THAI FLAVOR


SINGLE-STOREY HOUSE ON A FOUNDATION OF SIMPLICITY

 


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Big L-shaped House with a View // Myanmar

Big L-shaped House with a View // Myanmar

Designed for a family with seven grown children, a big L-shaped house and a lush garden blend beautifully in modern tropical design. Check this out.

/// Thailand ///
Photography: Aye Zaw /// Design: SPINE Architects

 

Situated in the Bahan township of Yangon, the residence on Bo Cho Street affords beautiful views of Myanmar’s most revered landmark, the Shwedagon Pagoda.

The house was designed to take in the view as well as provide ample open-air spaces for relaxation and entertainment.  The three-story L-shaped building wraps around a large courtyard garden.  A basement provides parking for seven cars.

 With over 26,000 square feet, it caters to individual needs of a big family with seven grown children, each with a bedroom suite.  A variety of different living, dining, and meeting areas provide a range of entertaining options.  An upper level sitting area overlooks the spacious double-height living room.  The library provides a more intimate area with built-in cabinets to store wine. 

There is a VIP guest room with comfortable seating arrangements and a large meeting area. All the way through, custom designed doors and flooring made of Padauk wood paired with natural marble bring the interior to perfection.  The owners also ordered custom-made tables cut from a single tree.

There is a peaceful pavilion facing the Shwedagon. It appears to float above a lotus pond and connects to an open-air meditation verandah.  The original design featured a swimming pool at the center of the L-shaped house plan, but during construction the homeowners thought it wise to turn it into a tranquil fishpond.

“We then had to find a way to modify the site and landscape design accordingly, while maintaining the same visual appeal,” explained Amelie Chai, principal architect at SPINE Architects. “While adapting to the clients’ needs, our design keeps the focus on serene interiors with plenty of access to natural light and terraces.”

Link: http://spinearchitects.com/

Home Renovation / Classic Meets Avant-Garde

Home Renovation / Classic Meets Avant-Garde

Classic meets avant-garde in this unique space, yet it still has the warm feeling of a real home.

/// Thailand ///

Story: Wilasinee /// Photos: Nanthiya, Damrong /// Style : Praphaiwadee /// Designers – Decorators: Butsakon Sapsanthitikun and Radikan Wetsawan

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When the long trip of taking her college-age daughters from the old house in Samphran district of Nakhon Pathom Province for drop-off in the center of Bangkok became too exhausting, the owner decided to find a place to live near the University instead. She needed both convenience and a place close enough to Samphran that she could occasionally go back and forth.

Eventually she found this 350- square-meter condominium and fixed it up as a second home. It took two years of design and decoration, but in the end it filled her every need.

“From our first discussions with the designers we developed a pretty clear concept. Mom used to favor the classic Roman style, but when we bought these rooms, we all agreed to switch to a more contemporary look,” said the eldest daughter.

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The space was adapted to fit the family. The original three bedrooms became four, one for each of them. Coming through the front door brings us into a large central room with a dining area and a small corner with a counter and fancy round modern-looking table. Décor includes a classic-style chandelier and a contemporary display case. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming,  simply with the feeling of being a nice place to live.

The design plan splits rooms into a left and a right wing. To the left, next to the dining room is a parlor dominated by navy blue, with an exotic beauty of rippling velvet drapes giving the wall a dimension of light and shadow. Furthest inside is a trendy entertainment room decorated in dark tones energized by the warmth of a big red leather sofa. Outside, the balcony holds a little garden where you can drink in the fresh atmosphere while enjoying a wide urban view.

Also in the left wing is the eldest daughter’s room, decorated in clean, easy-on-the-eye and relaxing tones of white. Here are contemporary touches: cigarette-smoke-colored velvet drapes, a bedside table with a classic form. The middle daughter’s bedroom is here, too, no less special with bright colors, and the same secret sweetness you’ll find in its occupant’s personality,

The right wing includes kitchen, storage room, and a maid’s room. The youngest sister, who is studying fashion design, has dressed up her bedroom in an avant-garde modern style she’s completely in love with.

The mother designed her own room to be sweet, but still full of contemporary chic with a dark wood floor, modern vintage furniture, and shiny sequined throw cushions on the sofa.

Mother's bedroom.
The mother’s bedroom.
The older daughter's bedroom.
The eldest daughter’s bedroom.
The youngest daughter's bedroom.
The youngest daughter’s bedroom.

During the design and décor process, the professional designers got to know the individual personalities, tastes, and preferences of family members quite well, and tried their best to pass on some design knowledge to them, which is how each room came to so clearly reflect the taste of the person living there.

 

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Siri House Family Co-living space / Home Renovation

Siri House Family Co-living space / Home Renovation

From a 2-block shophouse, IDIN Architects re-imagined a modern co-living space for an extended family in the heart of Bangkok.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Wuthikorn Suthipa /// Photo: Rithirong Chanthongsuk /// Design: IDIN Architects Co.,Ltd. 

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The new facade interpretation is direct, clean and outstanding. The facade forms a shape of a diamond as the family owns jewelry business.
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The building during the renovation.

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Building a spacious house on a solid ground may be a suitable choice for most people. But for Jeravej Hongsakul, an architect who came up with Siri House design, a vertical-shaped house in the city can be just the right place for a family too.

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The family unit on the top floor consists of a dining room and an inner living room, which serves as a home theater corner and a relaxing space.

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Siri House is situated in Surawongse Road, Bangkok. The place belongs to Suree Sirivatjanangkun where she lives with her siblings.
“The location is in an urban district,” Suree said. “So we figured it should also be an office for our family business. We would like to live together as one extended family, a big family in the business neighborhood.

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4 private units are stacked down below the family unit. Each room is accessible through the main hall, where natural light also comes through.

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“We wanted to fill a house with warmth but also fond of modern atmosphere. To create interactions between us, everyone should be able to see each other. We didn’t want to divide the space into one floor per person. It would be no different than living separately.”

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With this in mind, Jeravej came up with a solution. “I preferred each unit to be able to stand alone, but fully functional. I began by designing a living room, a bedroom, a working space, a double volume leisure room, a bathroom and a small kitchen. There were lots of functions. So, I needed to manage the space. I connected each unit through an accessible elevated hall, which also distribute natural light. Thus, each unit had its own unique shape.”

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A greenery hall is connected to a bedroom, while a balcony-like working space overlooks the double volume leisure area. This design gives the working space both an enjoyable cafe-esque view.
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Family business section is located on the ground floor with guest welcoming area. A light, graphical spiral staircase leads to a meeting room on a mezzanine.

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A house will always be a house. No matter it is constructed horizontally or vertically. Understanding the key to create an interaction in a family. It will eventually build an intimate bonding between members of a family or even between people in a city. Just as it occurs to Siri House.

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link: http://www.idinarchitects.com/

The Warm Half Concrete Half Wood House

The Warm Half Concrete Half Wood House

A shingle roof emerged as we took a turn to a rural road in Ratchaburi. The warm half concrete half wood house sits gracefully amid patches of lush green rice paddies.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Designer: Nantapong Yindeekhun

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Viewed from above, the center court features a sundeck that looks as if it were floating in midair. Lush foliage adds a touch of nature and serves as privacy curtains separating the courtyard from living spaces along the corridors. 

When being asked why building the house so far off, Nantapong Yindeekhun, the home owner mentioned his dad as his first priority. “We plan to move here to pursuit a career in farming after my dad has retired.

Nantapong and his family fled Bangkok big flood in 2011 to Ratchaburi. They has fallen in love with the place since then and decided to build a house here.

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The combined work and sitting spaces boast clean, uncluttered design with an emphasis on space optimization.
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The interior walls boast naked concrete finishes in neutral shades. 
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The mezzanine cabin bedroom comes adequately sized and boasts the rustic feel of an attic-style living space.
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One of the bedrooms features a seat by the balcony. The bed is rested on the mezzanine. 

To accommodate every family member’ needs, the house has taken up a large space. Each room is divided, but bridging together through a square-shaped corridor.

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The center court is hemmed in by a system of corridors that conveniently connects to the living spaces. Long roof overhangs protect the walkway and exterior walls from the elements.

A rock garden is situated in the heart of the courtyard alongside canopy trees. Looking from above, patches of lush foliage act as a curtain for privacy. But for the home office on the ground floor, they offer quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

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A peaceful rock garden is accessible via the house’s entryway on the ground floor. Planted trees in a good distance from one another make room for shady areas with good ventilation.

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The corridor and balcony rely on cantilever beams, which are cost effective and make good architectural sense. “I think cantilever beams are like bonuses that the main structure has to offer. They eliminate the needs for extra foundations and save time. Supported by the main structure, the balconies and corridors are 1.50-meters wide. The exterior walls sport the rustic look of old rice barn,” said the designer.

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The front façade features a stairway on the left side leading to guest reception spaces on the second floor. A series of extended eaves spread in all directions to shelter the home from rains and sun’s harsh glare.
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A private library offers plenty of reference materials and tools needed to pursue a career as a designer. Glass walls allow abundant natural light. The room is protected by wood shingle roofing.  
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The spacious kitchen makes use of clean design to showcase the natural texture of bare concrete finishes. Tile flooring in shades of black add interest to the well-ventilated space designed to make pungent odor quickly disappear. 

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For this reason, timber materials are not chemically treated. Its durability relies on the quality of the wood itself. Takhianthong (Hopea Odorata) is mainly used. This timber is used in making boat piers and can tolerate year of rains and sunshine. Likewise, concrete surfaces are left intact to bring out their true textures.

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“For the time being I am shuttling between home in the city and this country house. One day, should I grow tired of living in the city, this is the place to be. It is beautiful living out here. In the cold season, natural light is just about right, warm and comforting. You just have to see it yourself,” said the homeowner.

 

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A wood bridge leads to the serene backyard in the vicinity of the home office and the library right above it. Plans are afoot to turn this outdoor space into a garden.

After all, it is the modern meets rustic charm which makes this half concrete half wood house a warm and humble feel like no other.

link: http://www.baanlaesuan.com/28996/house/concrete/

Concrete and Steel / The Combination of The Modern House

Concrete and Steel / The Combination of The Modern House

Naked concrete walls, steel structures and cantilevered frame combined, giving the modern house striking curb appeal.

/// Thailand ///

Story: Otto Otto /// Photo: Sungwan Phratem /// Architect: Plankrich

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The 8-meter wide floor projected out in the air. It relies solely on a cantilevered frame.

This modern house plan stretch along east-west axis, which is much longer than its width. An alfresco mezzanine is built on the top of a garage by lifted a floorboard up above the ground. The thick naked concrete facade shelters a storage room and a kitchen. Together, both structures shield a living space from the glare of afternoon sun.

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The front entrance features an open space. The doorway is set aside to the left, unseen from this angle. The opening on the right side leads to a poolside wooden veranda.
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Visual continuity is created from the inside to the poolside veranda and the courtyard at the far end.

The interior features a spacious rectangular-shaped room. The white multi-purpose space is set parallel to the poolside veranda, separated by a clear glass wall. The veranda itself is protected by a concrete slab juts out roughly 2 meters from the exterior wall. The room is functioned as a pantry, a living room and a workspace overlooking a full lush landscape.

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The multi-purpose space are uncluttered and well-lit by natural light, courtesy to glass wall.

A sharp 90-degree angles turn leads to a small bedroom and a bathroom around the corner. At the farthest end lies a master bedroom, also with a poolside view.

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The master bedroom looks out to the pool, the garden, and the front yard.
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The L-shaped veranda is covered with tiles in subdued tones. The concrete slab extending from the wall acts like an awning to protects the room from the sun and the rain.

Building a modern house like this requires a well-rounded thought. It truly reflects the owner’s consideration toward future maintenance and care. And moreover, the ability to overcome challenges in design and engineering.

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link: http://www.plankrich.com/

Energy Saving Home / More than a simple house

Energy Saving Home / More than a simple house

In Kuala Lumpur, situated a stunning energy saving home with much more than meets the eye.

/// Malaysia /// 

Story: Ekkarach Laksanasamlich /// Photo: Rithirong Chanthongsuk, Soopakorn Srisakul /// Design: ArchiCentre by Tan Loke Mun 

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The airy house features clean lines with a large swimming pool under the lacy shades from the trees.

The house sits on a plot of land where an old home had been for more than sixty years. The old house was demolished, making room for the new. Here, the owner and the designer join hands to keep matured trees in the property the way they have always been.

Materials from the old house weren’t wasted. Tan Loke Mun of ArchiCenter has managed to incorporate those into the new “S11” house. Its environmental-consciousness has earned the house the prestigious platinum Green Building Index (GBI).

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The design makes use of stronger frames and larger concrete beams to avoid having too many columns in the interior living space.
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The ground floor boasts light and airy interior living space, thanks to the absence of solid room dividers. The result is visual continuity between indoor and outdoor areas.
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3-meter high ceiling makes this living space look spacious and bright. Orange brick walls pair with gray naked concrete to make the room warm and inviting.

Attention was shown in every detail. Concretes from the house were recycled, making walkways along the exterior walls. Old bricks were also given a new breath of life. Old steel windows grids were reused to reassure the security. Interestingly, old wood are also used as scaffolding during the construction due to the limitation of steel rods.

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Naked concrete finishes add a natural feel to the interior living space. Well-thought out design and choices of materials combined to make the home energy-efficient.

Built along the north-south axis, the house allows the wind to flow in to its living room. Large windows and openings reduces heat. West-facing exterior were crafted from lightweight anti-heat-absorbing material. Lush vines were grown on trellises. Five full-grown trees buffers the house from the sun in hot summer days. Extra thick insulation was applied under a metal sheet roof to prevent the heat, while chosen windows were made from low-emissivity glass.

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The first floor bedroom features simple design. The entire space is well-ventilated thanks to high ceilings and large openings in the exterior wall.
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Natural light illuminates the bathroom, creating beautiful visual effects and reducing electricity use.

To prevent heat from building up inside, the three-storey (plus a basement) house has an air duct system to levitate hot air to the rooftop. With this genius design, no air-conditioning machine is needed.

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The second floor boasts a large living space with two-storeys high ceilings and glass walls.

The designer intended to use materials in their true forms. Thus, painting and coating were minimized. Naked concrete, bare brick walls, natural wood in neutral tones prevail. Where paints were needed, the designer choose Low VOC paint to lessen environmental damages.

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In a nutshell, this house is the one with environmental consciousness, crafting for co-living with nature inside out. Such energy saving home is considered a true earth-friendly building.

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The home’s double-swing gate is crafted from silver-painted steel rods. Welded wire patterns ensure good visibility and wind circulation.

link: http://www.archicentre.com.my/

Row House in Chiang Mai / Home Renovation

Row House in Chiang Mai / Home Renovation

Plankrich, aka, Kwanchai Suthamsao is known as a trendsetter in row house renovation. He decided to build a home of his own in Chiang Mai.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Atta Otto /// Photo: Sungwan Phratem /// Designer: Kwanchai Suthamsao

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The newly designed front façade boasts an interesting mix of lightweight materials. Weathered boards in slightly varying shades complement the pastel gray of fine-ribbed, corrugated metal sheet.

His fans and admirers may expected to see exciting construction techniques and exquisite materials, but it turned out the design was kept simple. Kwanchai’s main goal was building a house to meet his urban lifestyle. Thus, the prime location in the inner Chiang Mai city.

“A detached home was out of the question, the land was very expensive. Another option was a row house. After the survey, I chose this three-unit shop house. The size was right, I was able to give it a complete makeover.”

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The old staircase was removed to make room for a new set of stairs supported by an I-shaped steel beam.

Kwanchai literally removed everything out, including the old stairways. The only remaining were pillars and beams. The floor plans for all three units were completely redesigned. He wanted each unit to have its own characteristic, but the space was limited. So, he only focused on making the right corner look different instead.

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The small guest room with a bunk-bed is tucked away at the far end of the first floor.

The small guest room is tucked away at the far end of the first floor. Custom designed double bunks make it suitable for sleeping two guests.

The mezzanines were taken out. The omnipresence of reclaimed wood beams and floorboards brings back vintage charms. On the ground floor, sits a compact 2-person guest bedroom and a carport.

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A chunky upholstered sofa adds warm, cozy feelings to the interior. A window covers with a wooden blind allows natural light to shine through.

The second floor is neatly designed for multiple uses. The sitting room is in the front section, a dining space in the middle, and the kitchen and bathroom in the back. The dining area is a bit narrowed, to make room for the stairway. The décor exposes the owner’s love for vintage collectibles. Oblique-aligned wooden wall and floorboards gives a warm, homey feeling.

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The second floor features a dining space. The floor and the walls are covered in recycled boards from the homeowner’s collection.
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L-shaped design turns the small kitchen into a fluent cooking area. Cabinet doors in neutral shades make the room light and bright.
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Every space is neatly planned. The aisle separates the microwave and convection ovens from the washer and dryer. The door at the far end opens to the dining room.

On the third floor, the bedroom in the front section is kept clean and uncluttered. In-room dressing room and bathroom is separated by a sliding door. The interior continue to a neutral shade for relaxation. The décor is minimal with only few essential furniture.

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The bedroom is kept clean and uncluttered to provide a balance for limited spaces. The walls are covered in beech boards. Large sliding doors open to the cube-shaped glass enclosure that adorns the front façade.
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The changing room-cum-walk-in closet offers wardrobes on both sides of the aisle, which connects to the bathroom at the far end.

The key to this row house renovation is reclaimed wood. Added for more natural light are wide windows. The result is an airy house, one that is small but has everything for a vibrant city lifestyle.

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A glass wall with sliding door separates the laid-back sitting room from a compact semi-outdoor space. An opening in the exterior wall allows diffused natural light into the living space and the stairway.
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The midway landing offers a built-in cabinet made of reclaimed boards. On the way up, shoes are neatly stored here.
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Marks on the wall and concrete frame tell stories of a recent home makeover project. The owner intentionally left them as a personal reminder. /// A rusty sconce adds vintage charm to the naked concrete wall. Beneath is a wood box storage for home improvement tools.

 

link: http://www.plankrich.com/

Raw Concrete House in Paddy Fields

Raw Concrete House in Paddy Fields

On the highlands overlooking lush paddy fields stand a two-story raw concrete house in the midst of an idyllic natural setting.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photo: Sitthisak Namkham /// Designer: Seksan Silpwatananukul

 
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The ground floor resembles that of a traditional Thai-style home. A covered loggia at the far end is set aside for entertaining guests, dining, or use as the outdoor workspace.
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Treated as the heart of this home, the Indian Oak adds a crisp cool feature to the outdoor living spaces. 

Here in the Mae Ann neighborhood of Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim District, life is simple. Dewdrops lingers on paddy fields, the scenic view seems to stretch farther than the eye could see. The house stands among teak trees.

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Naked-concrete steps descend to the courtyard with water ponds and a loggia at the far end.
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The owner takes very good care of the Indian Oak tree in the courtyard.  
 

At first, the land was left unattended. But Seksan Silpwatananukul, the designer manage to change the whole look to a raw concrete house. According to Seksan, every detail is well-considered.

“I took my time to look around in no hurry. After a talk with the owner, multiple levels seemed to suit the landscape best. We didn’t really stick to any particular style. But I would say Tropical modern is the best definition for it.”

 

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Warm morning sun kisses the front yard overlooking serene paddy fields.

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The center court terrace is breezy throughout the  day, courtesy openings in the exterior wall.
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The modern interior seating space features a high, sloped ceiling covered in reddish-brown wooden panel.

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link: http://www.baanlaesuan.com/25694/baanlaesuan/chiangmai-2/

 Eclectic Style with Blue Shade of Living

 Eclectic Style with Blue Shade of Living

Eclectic style is the right definition of this blue-shade living space. The unique color attracts all eyes at first sight.

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Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Interior Designer: Balance Interior & Contractor

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The posh condominium room offers a generous 78-square meters space. Obviously, Pavis Simakulthorn, the homeowner’s favorite color is blue and his other passion are ceramic collections. As a result, these are among the first things he requested to Watana Kowatanabhorn, the designer.

“I wanted shelves, lots of them. They had to be in blue or indigo, which are my favorites.”

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Pavis bought the room years ago, before meeting Watana and selected him to design the place. Recognizing the preferences of the homeowner, Watana designed an eye-catching European style pantry. The pantry’s function is to show off ceramic and glassware collections. Tray ceiling is enhanced by decorative trim molding.

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A reading room next to the pantry is full of bookshelves. Shelves are filled with books in Thai and foreign languages. A priceless antique bead necklace collection is also shown on the shelf. Another interesting feature is a wallpaper, which Pavis discovered from a trip to Paris.

“While visiting a friend. I came across a wallpaper store that design wallpapers for Hermes and other world-class brands. I ordered custom-made one for the room. Three month later, the ocean blue wallpaper arrived. I just love it.”

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The eye-catching pantry offers a luxurious touch in shades of indigo.

Outside, the balcony is adorned with a Cupid statue, which Pavis cherished, while the bedroom interior mainly use purple. “I’m very impressed by the designer’s choice. The color is warm and relaxing. Deep shades represents complexity and is the last color on usually sees before going to sleep at night.”

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The bedroom features DM Home wrought iron bed. The headboard is designed by the homeowner to match with the pillows. A wooden built-in cabinet is used to store collectibles and photographs. Wooden strips overhead keeps the air-conditioning machine hidden. The décor scream out eclectic tones with fur, antique pieces and stuffed animals.

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A shelf is set flush with structural support posts in complementing hues.

Little details go well with the whole design. Built-in accessories storages features trim molding similar to Roman pillars. The bathroom at the far end includes a subtle, luxurious elements. Floor tiles are custom-made to complement the elegant rug.

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Pastel purple shades make the bedroom peaceful and warm. Window treatments made of mesh wire protect the privacy of the intimate space while allowing natural light in.

The bedroom features a wrought iron bed in black by DM Home. The homeowner designs headboard treatments herself by emulating pillow patterns. The bed cover is one of a kind. To the right stands a built-in wood cabinet used for storing collectibles and photographs. Over the head, decorative strips keep the air-conditioning unit hidden in plain sight. The walls are painted a light shade of pastel purple with whit accents. Decorating details speak to the Eclectic style including fur, antique collectibles, and stuffed animals.

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Purple walls with white accents add a welcome contrast to the interior living spaces.

The homeowner’s personal eclectic style is clearly expressed in the place. Just as Pavis’s conclusion. “I believe the room was left in a good hand. The designer’s understanding and ideas are as expected. The chemistry is right, I guess.”

 

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“All of the items here are stylishly unique. No sprucing up is needed.”
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The bathroom boasts simple design with a luxurious, updated look. Recessed lights built into the sink cabinet make the interior space seem large and well-lit.

 

link: https://www.facebook.com/balanceinterior/

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