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Amdaeng, Bangkok’s Newest Riverside Hotel

Amdaeng, Bangkok’s Newest Riverside Hotel

Time and budget allowing, it’s not hard to find a Chao Phraya riverside hotel in Bangkok for a night’s stay. What’s harder is to find a place rich with art and an atmosphere that makes you feel at home while taking you back in time to an earlier age in the river’s history.

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Story: Korakada /// Photography:  Soopakorn, BEE+ /// 
Owner: Passapol Limpisirisan, Wiboon Lee /// Creative: MONDAY /// Architect: Anupap Onsard /// Interior Designer: Sutida Pongprayoon /// Landscape Architect: Sawin Tantanawat /// Artist: Studiojew+ 

This 10-room contemporary hotel with a taste of “Thainess” stands on 100 square meters in a tiny alley just off Chiang Mai Street, in the same neighborhood as the fascinating tourist destination Lhong 1919. “Amdaeng,” the hotel’s name, belonged to a fabled woman from the past and was suggested by the “Amdaengkhlee” on a former owner’s land deed from the Rama V era.  

Amdaeng Bangkok riverside hotel

All the main architectural elements inside and out are painted vermilion: posts, beams, floors, walls, ceilings, so that looking from the other side of the river it stands out clearly from its surroundings. Coming in from the other side you approach the entrance through a maze of alleyways, as the scene gradually opens up to reveal a red building that seems to be composed of separate sculptures joined together to become one grand form in which the architect envisioned people living.  

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Inside is a restaurant with a quiet calm feeling, lowering the dial on the red, and also more masculine: The feminine “Amdaeng” calls for some male balance, so the restaurant is named “Nye,” meaning “mister” in Thai. The restaurant materials and décor are simple and straightforward but rich with art, bringing to mind the phrase “blue and white,” for the indigo-patterned tile of China favored by Chinese social clubs and found everywhere in old China. Up above is a fabulous roof deck with a sort of “grandstand” for viewing the river rising upwards in tiered circles like the chedi of a Thai temple. In the future this area will be a nighttime bar.

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Guest room décor shows a mix of styles reflecting Thai as well as other cultures: Chinese, European, Indian. To recall an earlier era when the dominant cultures were mixing in a formative way, aging techniques are used to alter the look of the glass, the floor tile is dimmed with a charcoal color, antique furniture is used, and remodeling has added beauty and refinement to an atmosphere of bygone days so as to live up to the catchphrase, “The most romantic hotel in Bangkok.”

Contact: 12/1 Soi Chiangmai 1, Chiangmai Road, Khlongsan Bangkok, Thailand 
FACEBOOKAMDAENG
WEBSITEamdaeng.com
TEL: 02-162-0138

Link: www.baanlaesuan.com/90546/design/directory/amdaeng-hotel/

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Rainy Season Forest Garden for Tropical Areas

Rainy Season Forest Garden for Tropical Areas

Rainforest ecology is the design concept here, the verdant lushness associated with tropical jungle. Use high-tolerance plants that adapt themselves to the natural environment and don’t require a lot of long-term care.

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 Landscape Architect: Warawut Kaewsuk, Supong Haewpet  /// Photography: Tanakitt Khum-on

– Image of Garden and House –

Here emphasis is on the garden: the designer has removed the house from the diagram to focus on the surroundings, revising and reapportioning them to bring back the feeling of the rainforest that was once there; the house will be added later. The owner’s first concern is creating a waterfall, pond, and gazebo for relaxation; only then will the concept be enlarged to include a house in a supporting role for the garden, enabling the owner to fully enjoy this creation.


 

– Building a Forest-Like Atmosphere –

Garden design deals with three primary levels: low, medium, and high. A forest atmosphere is created visually through using the natural lines of the plants. Trees are the highest, rising up above, but freshwater mango can be a slightly lower exception with curves leaning together, arbor-like and welcoming, above the house entryway. Plants of middle height running along the fence can add privacy. For ground cover use plants with wavy and sinuous lines set at natural-looking intervals, closer to the water source perhaps ferns, and further downstream plants requiring less moisture.


 

– Waterfall Format –

Think of the stages of a natural waterfall: first is seepage, small drops descending along crevices in the rock; these eventually join and flow into a larger falling stream. The waterfall should not be so high that it could get the house wet, and it should give off a soft, restful sound. Because of space limitations, trees should be put in before the waterfall framework is built, otherwise there won’t be space for any large roots. Ponds should be designed about 0.8 to 1 meter deep. Waterfalls are usually built using 2 types of stone: granite and porous volcanic rock.


Worldwide Airport Ranking 2017: The Best and the Not So Good

Worldwide Airport Ranking 2017: The Best and the Not So Good

Singapore Changi Airport ranks first on a worldwide airport ranking for 2017. Jakarta International (Soekarno-Hatta) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International are almost at the bottom ranking Nos. 62 and 68, respectively. That’s out of a total of 76.

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A recent survey conducted on Twitter by Airhelp compared 76 airports around the world using three criteria. It presented a picture of how well they performed on a scale of 1 to 10 based on statistics of the quality of service, on-time performance, and passenger experience at the airports listed.

Singapore Changi Airport ranked first on the world chart scoring 9.07. Munich Franz Josef Strauss International came in second scoring 8.66, and third-place Hong Kong International at 8.22. The top three airports received a perfect score of 10 in the quality of service.

Singapore Changi Airport / Photo: Lip Jin Lee / https://www.flickr.com/photos/levoodoo/3810870565
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport / Photo: Roger Price

The survey showed Kuala Lumpur International at No.18 scoring 7.5 on the world chart. That’s No. 2 in the ASEAN Region. Jakarta International (Soekarno-Hatta) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International took distant third and fourth places in the Region scoring 6.54 and 6.30, respectively.

Kuwait International came in at the bottom of the world chart scoring 5.02. The survey has no information the airports of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, or the Philippines for this year.

 

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Link: https://www.airhelp.com/en/airhelp-score/airport-ranking/

 

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Announcing Winners of DEmark Award 2017

Announcing Winners of DEmark Award 2017

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has announced the winners of the DEmark Award 2017. A big round of applause goes to those who received the honor for their achievements.

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The coveted Design Excellence Award (DEmark) was established in 2008 as a mark of recognition for outstanding design of Thai products. It is given in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s Export Award under the auspices of Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce.

Winning products receive the DEmark logo, which can be used for promotional purposes on the international market.

And the winners are …

Category-Furniture

Gom Stool / Hari Ora
Gom Stool / Hari Ora
Tension Collection / Plural Designs
Sputnik / Corner 43
Hang-yao / Kunakij
Aunglo / Galvanii
Saturno Collection / Kenkoon
U Table / E.G.G.

 


 

Category-Lifestyle Product

Pinto / Chanchai Boriboon
Hoy Collection / Prempracha’s Collection
Metamorphosis / Socoon
Ayothaya – Eau de Intérieur / Ayothaya
Thai Rice Soap / Cosmos & Harmony
Just Twist / Borriboon
Rim Ring / FLOW
Perp Lamp Shade / Filobula
Z Box Collection / Labrador
Mani / niiq
KEVIN // Rubber Killer
Bijan Collection / Prempracha’s Collection
Five Patch Cap / Madmatter
Limited Edition WISH Aroma Diffuser / PANPURI
12 Collection Plant Pot / FEM
Flow & Glow Lipao / Boonyarat
WC PEEC, Toilet in Car / WC PLUs+

 

How 3 ASEAN Capitals Deal with Urban Flooding

How 3 ASEAN Capitals Deal with Urban Flooding

It’s hot in the summer, and the rainy season brings lots of thunderstorms. When rainfall overwhelms the ability of drainage systems, flood control is the only resort many cities have developed in a bid to prevent more flooding in the future. Living ASEAN looks into how three regional capitals — Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok — deal with urban flooding.

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Kuala Lumpur is one of rainiest cities in Southeast Asia with average annual rainfall as high as 2,393.6 mm. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, the city came into being as an important center of mining and trade in bygone times. Over time it attracted native Malays, Chinese workers, and immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. As the city grows, many planning updates have taken place especially along the waterfront. The initiatives include the “River of Life” project, which is aimed at reviving and restoring health and vitality to the Gombak and the Klang rivers.

Photo: Sitthhisak Namkham
Photo: Sitthhisak Namkham

In redeveloping the landscape, the authorities cleaned up the polluted rivers and got rid of unsightly concrete walkways along the riverfront. They opened up areas at the water’s edge by putting in shops, restaurants, and recreational spaces. Easily accessible to the public, the redesigned river corridor has drawn many people to the water.

One of Kuala Lumpur’s most ambitious projects is the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel, or SMART. The mega project doubles as a storm drainage and road tunnel that helps reduce peak hour traffic. It’s also the longest storm drain tunnel in Southeast Asia. On dry days it functions as a normal motorway carrying traffic in and out of the city’s CBD. On days of heavy rains when rivers rise, the tunnel is closed to through traffic and functions as a storm drain system. The 9.7-kilometer-long tunnel works like a subterranean conduit carrying water to outlying natural r systems, thereby saving built environments in the CBD and around Jamek Mosque from being inundated. Nonetheless, flashfloods do occur occasionally. Oftentimes garbage-choked storm sewers are to blame.

 

Big floods in Jakarta, Indonesia. Project: JEDI. / Photo: Farhana Asnap / World Bank

Jakarta comes second with average 1,821-mm annual rainfall. It too faces the threat of flash floods as storm drains and waterways are choked with waste. Over time, shallow riverbeds, plastic garbage, and rampant encroachments combined to restrict the flow of stormwater out of urban areas. The authorities responded with a campaign to clean up all 13 waterways making them safe for riverside residents to swim. And the labor force to achieve that objective was readily available. Residents on the waterfront were hired to collect waterborne waste, thereby creating plenty of employment opportunities and increasing environmental awareness. The initiative cost 3.1 million Rupiah per month and provided jobs for more than 4,000 people daily. And it is showing good results. Take for example the Krukut River, which recently was blackened by pollution and solid waste, from old mattresses to discarded furniture. Nowadays more people are seen returning to swim in it like old times.

 

A few hours after the rain at a car showroom on Ratchadapisek Road, Bangkok / Photo: Sukwan Attajarusit
Photo: Sukwan Attajarusit

With average 1,466-mm annual rainfall, Bangkok is on the brink of floods with every rain despite it having plenty of canals and drainage systems. It doesn’t take long after rain for urban roadways to be inundated with floodwaters. The government sector has implemented a massive drainage tunnel project, but that is of little avail in the practical affairs of life in the city. Geographically Bangkok sits on a flat plain that rises only slightly above the mean sea level. That said, flood control is the only resort the city has in preventing or reducing the detrimental effects of flash floods. Its drainage systems work by channeling stormwater into canals, which in turn empty into natural water bodies via the flood gates. As the city grows, more rains continue to overwhelm the capacity of drainage systems that are severely choked with debris. With every rain, it’s not unusual to find workers pick up waterborne waste in areas near the water gates. During dry season, time is spent cleaning up storm drains and deepening of canals at intervals to prepare for more rain.

Big Floods in Thailand, 2011 / Photo: Aphirux Suksa
Big Floods in Thailand, 2011 / Photo: Aphirux Suksai

 

On the big picture, the three ASEAN capitals are facing a similar problem. They sit on flood plains, and flooding usually occurs as an overflow of water from natural water bodies, such as rivers. Interestingly, the people of each country have made the best of circumstances. This is evident in the way residential architecture has evolved over time. Houses on stilts with steeply sloped roofing and extended overhangs are emblematic of the region rich in local wisdom. The homes raised on piles protect against flooding, while steep roofing drains rain water fast. Meantime, long overhangs protect the interior from the elements.

As the city grows, each capital has its own way of fighting urban flooding. The multipurpose, subterranean conduit seems to work well for KL, as does the clean-up campaign in Jakarta. The drainage system is an essential part of living in the city, and both the government and private sectors must cooperate in a bit to prevent or reduce flooding in the future.

Link: www.worldclimate.com

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Architect Expo ’17 Has Begun

Architect Expo ’17 Has Begun

Architect Expo ’17 is happening now at Impact Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. Living ASEAN discovered many practical new products and ideas that will surely benefit people who want to build things. Drop by before the show ends this Sunday May 7.

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  Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk

The ASEAN’s largest building technology show is on from 10 AM to 8 PM daily. Here are three reasons you can’t afford to miss this annual event.

Baan Baan Case Study

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1. Varied exhibitions on dwellings

Embracing the concept of simplicity in life known as “Baan Baan: Reconsidering Dwelling,” the center of the exhibition hall was dedicated to 16 small exhibitions show casing many different ways of living.

Start with “In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej”. The show comes in two parts: The“Architect of the Land” exposition, and the“Pictures of Our Father,” which presents a collection of images sent in by designers to commemorate the great king.

In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

In Remembrance of H.M. King Bhumibol AdulyadejThe “Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses” exhibition features models of vernacular residential architecture from different regions and ethnicities around Thailand. Some house designs were influenced by shared cultural heritage with ethnic groups in neighboring Myanmar and Vietnam.

Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses

Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses

Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses

Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses

Traditional and Vernacular Thai Houses

Traditional and Vernacular Thai HousesThe “Baan Baan Case Study” display features a variety of dwelling places in many shapes and sizes, each suited for a specific budget and designed by Thai architects. The name of the show may sound esoteric to many viewers, but essentially it’s about building within budgets.

Baan Baan Case Study

Baan Baan Case Study


 

2. Models showcasing works by leading architectural firms

It’s the show for people who want to build things. Once a year, leading architectural firms put on a public display of works by their designers. It’s nice to drop in and get inspired by many creative projects and designs, ranging from hostels, townhouse renovation ideas, holiday homes, and more. Don’t miss out on these great ideas.

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3D Cement Printing for Outdoor Living

3D Cement Printing for Outdoor Living

Anon Pairot has unveiled the latest in a new series of 3D cement printing based on the concept “Fluctuation of Precision.” The masculine outdoor design with a softer touch is developed in collaboration with SCG, a leading cement maker in the ASEAN.

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After many years of research, Thai cement maker SCG has developed robots capable of acting as large-scale 3D printers and new cement formulas well suited to a variety of uses. This year, the “Designer Collaboration Project by SCG” has come up with new ideas for outdoor furniture designed by nationally renowned designer and artist Anon Pairot.

“I try to create design that gives a softer, lighter feeling. Usually cement structures are very masculine, so I add feminine accents to the design and see what the final result is. The new process enables 3D concrete strips to be printed quickly in non-traditional shapes and textures. The concrete printing process is performed by machine, but the cement itself leaves some random effects on the surface, hence the name Fluctuation of Precision,” he explained.

Anon Pairot

SCG will present the entire cement furniture collection at Architect 17, the 31st ASEAN Building Technology Exposition scheduled for May 2–7, 2017 in Thailand. It will be the first time ready-to-sell 3D cement printing products become available in the Region.

 

Link: http://www.scg.co.th/landing/index_en.html#en

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Top 10 Houses to Beat the Heat

Top 10 Houses to Beat the Heat

Hot and humid climate being one of the inevitabilities of life, architects across the Region aptly responded with a range of ingenious designs from the cool traditional to the energy-efficient modern. Living ASEAN presents top 10 houses well suited to the circumstances. Check them out.

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Fun Facts You May Not Know about Songkran

Fun Facts You May Not Know about Songkran

Did you know this? China also has its version of the water festival. Coconut rice in bamboo sticks is favorite holiday food in Cambodia. Let’s see how the traditional new year is observed around the Region.

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Water Splashing Festival in China / Photo: www.absolutechinatours.com

Songkran, otherwise known as the Water Festival, is an aspect of culture of the Tai or Dai people inhabiting much of the Southeast Asian Region. Held to celebrate the traditional new year, the occasion marked by the throwing and sprinkling of water goes by a variety of names.

The Thais call it Songkran and celebrate it big time in a water festival that has become one of the Region’s greatest hits. The Laotians call it “Pi Mai Lao,” literally Laos’ New Year. The people of Myanmar refer to it as “Thingyan,” while the Cambodians call it “Chaul Chnam Thmey.” In Malaysia and Singapore, it is known as “Puthandu.”

China also has a water festival that celebrates the new year in the Tai or Dai calendar. The Dai people are one of several ethnic minorities inhabiting Xishuangbanna in China’s southern Yunnan Province. The region bordering Myanmar and Laos is known for Dai culture, beautiful temples, and pristine rainforests. To promote tourism, the Water Splashing Festival is held in mid-April and lasts three to seven days depending on the location.

“Kralan”

In Cambodia, “Kralan” or “khao Lam” is favorite holiday food during the annual water festival. The popular dish is made of sticky rice mixed with grated coconut, red beans, and coconut milk roasted in specially-cut bamboo sections. Meantime, in Myanmar it’s time for “Mont Lone Yay Paw,” the most popular, iconic dish prepared to usher in the Thingyan Festival. Mont Lone Yay Paw is sticky rice balls with filled centers topped with fresh grated coconut. It’s a must-try local food if you’re in Myanmar during the holiday season. And if you happen to be in Malaysia, look for the sweet and delicious holiday food Onde Onde. The traditional green-colored balls of rice cake come coated with fresh shredded coconut.

Yellow Padauk / Photo: Aphirux Suksai

In Myanmar, the most widely celebrated Thingyan Festival coincides with the Padauk blossom time, Padauk being the national flower. The streets are ablaze with golden blossoms of Burmese Padauk during the traditional new year season, and the people of Myanmar lovingly refer to them as “Thingyan flowers.”

For the citizens of Myanmar, meeting up with family is of the utmost importance during Thingyan. The traditional new year is a public holiday that usually lasts ten days to allow the people plenty of time to celebrate the water festival and seek reunions with loved ones. There was a little hiccup leading to Thingyan 2017 after the Government decided to shorten it to just five days. More than 500 workers took to the streets, and succeeded in restoring it to the normal ten-day practice.

Children with Water Guns in Bangkok / Photo: Aphirux Suksai

In Thailand, the Government has tried multiple ways and means to ensure safety and solve traffic woes that Songkran brings. This year it enacted a law banning pickup trucks from carrying passengers in the open truck bed and inside the extended cab. The ban infuriated many travelers affected by it, and the protests ranging from sarcastic responses to insults went viral on social media. Opponents of the ban succeeded in relaxing, but not abolishing, it at least for now. Bizarre behavior continues to make headlines. Last year a shirtless Englishman was arrested throwing water in the faces of revelers and charged with inappropriate dress. Songkran traffic can be a total nightmare. So, drive safely and responsibly. Happy New Year!

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Xmbl7D1ms

http://www.absolutechinatours.com/china-travel/water-splashing-festival.html

 

House Around a Tree

House Around a Tree

Not many places make us feel comfortable every time we visit. It’s wonderful when a person’s own home is like that. “House around a tree” at Baan Rai Thaw Si in the fresh mountain air of Pak Chong, Korat.

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Story: Wutthikon Sutthiapha /// Photography: Suphakon Srisakun /// Design: Sook Architects

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The house around the tree : An airy, open view from outside: Glass exterior and angled second floor makes the house appear lighter.

Pui became attached to Baan Rai Thaw Si when her mother used to come for meditation at nearby Baan Boon with the monk Shaun Jayasaro. “She brought me here and I liked it. She wanted a country house, so here we are!”

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The large tree stands in the center, a natural connection for people going from one part of the house to another.
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Step out from this guest room, and you come to a verandah by the tree.

Pui’s mother adds, “We built here for a lot of reasons. As Bangkok people, we feel safe living in a project, where neighbors watch out for each other, and this is a peaceful, comfortable atmosphere.” This was certainly clear to our team. Most households are also involved with meditation, adding to the pleasant ambience.

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Nature and house are imaginatively connected with the tree in the center, walkways inside and outside woven into a single path as in a classic Japanese style.
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Multifunction walkway connecting the generations — Pui’s mother does walking meditation, but at other times grandkids run and play all around it

“We wanted a house where we could retire when we got old,” continued Pui, “and Mother is making plans now. Rutjanamphon Ketkasemsuk – known as Tang – is a university designer and architect whose designs we liked, and he created this open, airy house.” Tang’s design includes rooms for overnight guests, access to natural surroundings, and easy maintenance.

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The tree in the center leads into the reception parlor and gives the house a feeling of natural warmth.
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The kitchen connects the dining area with the guest rooms, illustrating an “open plan” that facilitates family and group activities.

From the front we get a wide view of the house, which blends right in with the natural environment. The first floor has floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, and a walkway surrounds it and also serves as a porch. The second-storey angled roof panels makes the house look lighter, and the color combination of white and gray adds to a proper, orderly look, making the tall tree in the center stand out, echoing the beautiful natural surroundings.

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Young Poon and Pan’s bedroom, bright furniture colors against simple white walls and gray drapes. The bed has drawers for storing toys.

Interior décor is simple, partly because this is a vacation home, but also because the owners prefer it that way. Furniture is movable, though there’s a built-in kitchen. Floor and ceiling are dark-colored artificial wood, creating dimensional contrast with the glass frames, reflecting the natural world outside and creating a warm indoor atmosphere, especially in the evening when sun shining in through the trees creates breezy patterns on the white inside walls.

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Easygoing décor in Pui and Nu’s room: white, with an angled ceiling slanting down to Pui’s pleasure-reading armchair.

The two wings of the house stand separated by a tall tree in the center. One wing is like a small hostel, with eight guest beds; the other is the family wing, with Pui’s mother downstairs and bedrooms for Pui and Nu and youngsters Poon and Pan on the second storey. This “house around a tree” reflects the living arrangement and the comfort and happiness of living close to nature while coming together as a family.

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Children behind the house, where sunflowers, okra, and other plants grow – beginnings of a kitchen vegetable garden where a greenhouse may someday be built.

link: https://www.facebook.com/SOOK-Architects-182111258504167/

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