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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/

Modern Tropical Home in Indonesia

Modern Tropical Home in Indonesia

Everything about this modern home presents a perfect example of tropical residential architecture. Check this out.

/// Indonesia ///

Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photo: Soopakorn  Sriskul /// Designer: Andra Matin

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Andra Matin, the homeowner and designer of AM House, greeted us with a smile in his spacious multi-purposed room dominated by a solid-wooden long table. His tropical modern home was made of concrete, its unique stilt structures was outstanding. These elements intrigue us to hear what he had to say about the house.

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The living room on the second floor is visible from the street. Patches of greenery provide a camouflage for privacy

According to Matin, this state-of-the-art work took five years to finish. “I began building this house in 2008, starting out with cube-shaped design. As construction was underway, more details were added. By slowly and gradually building the house, I had time to consider best option for our family.”

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The pathway glides past a pond to the second floor. The entire ramp is paved with strips of timber set at half-inch intervals.
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A wood deck extends from the multi-purpose space.

Matin is widely known for his attention to details. Ranking among the top-rated architects who is responsible for pioneering modern tropical design projects across Indonesia. When it comes to designing a house to suit hot and humid climate, he relied mostly on nature and a clever floor plan. There are only two air-conditioning machines in the house. One is located in the basement bathroom, to control the humidity. And the other is on the top-floor bedroom.

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The multi-purpose room on the second floor is easily adaptable. The design is in accordance with tropical climates.
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The cooking station is built into the tabletop. An oven and a nearby refrigerator are disguised by Ulin, Indonesia native timber.
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The staircase is protected by a screen of vertical strips that double as a handrail.

“I have always been interested in spatial relationships rather that the form per se.” Matin mention his interest which he adopted to his works and the designing of his home.

“Good design is the one that takes ‘Spatial Relationships.’ into account. It looks into all kinds of activity that will take place within, and not just the room hemmed in by four walls. In reality, there exists an in-between space that subtly tells one room apart from the next, be it sitting or sleeping, walking or standing. After that, we look for the form or configuration that best fits in with those spaces, the climate, and ways of living.”

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The spiral staircase leads to a spacious bathroom with a walk-in closet. A shower area and a bathtub lie under a skylight.
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A small lodge in the backyard is Matin’s favorite hideout spot.
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The third-floor living space is adequately lit by natural light via the skylight right. On one side, floor-to-ceiling windows allow soft, diffused light in. During the day, there’s no need for an artificial light.

Matin sourced materials locally. This is not only to support the locals, Matin believe local artisans knows their stuff. “Local builders have insight know-hows and skills. These materials weren’t hard to find and savvy,” said Matin 

Apart from architecture, Matin also has a strong passion for travel. Hence, this house is full of fun gimmicks to make walking from room to room like an exciting adventure. The entrance is through the hill. Followed by a lounge area with a spiral staircase as a shortcut to a rooftop on one side and a tilted floor leading to a small lodge. A children room is also accessible through the lodge. A working space on the ground floor also has a backdoor hidden behind a bookshelf. The endless wonder in this modern tropical home is indeed no less than Peter Pan’s Neverland.

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The sloping lawn that covers the rooftop gradually descends and ends up on top of the bedroom window.

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The horizontal opening in the wall allows just enough natural light inside. The design is to avoid strong tropical sunlight.

 

link: http://www.andramatin.com/

 

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

It is not common to build a house in a rocky terrain. But this house on the rock stands tall against all odds.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Ottomaan /// Photo: Sungwan Phratem /// Architect: Kusol Im Erbsin 

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The well-rounded balcony juts out from the master bedroom and comes to rest on a big boulder in a complementing shape.

The house is settled on a tight land of less than an acre. The landscape is hemmed by huge rocks. From afar, it’s hard to tell the shape of the house, as it sits on a lower level than a nearby road.

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The second floor offers an alfresco dining room/ sundeck with panoramic ocean views.

Boulders across the landscape force the buildings to come in separate units, each is anchored with a rock to secure its place. The design is modern and simple. Overall exterior is clean and neat, highlighted with a shed roof. Different asymmetry shapes are used, while rectangular shapes are avoided to achieve the most nature-blending buildings.

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The main entryway appears light and airy. Where necessary, the walls are made of strips of timber evenly placed at intervals instead of solid walls.

Buildings are set on a slightly different levels. The shed roof on the main villa creates a wide open facade. The diagonal lines are also applied to other exterior walls. The overall wooden materials make the house looks warm and inviting.

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The sitting room features a modern sectional sofa with complementing wood furniture.
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The dining space features a long dining table crafted of slab timber resting on tree stumps. A zebra graphic pattern at the far end adds a touch of nature to the room.

The two-storey main villa features a T-shaped floor plan. On the second floor, an ample sitting area is offered along with a panoramic ocean view. Exterior walls are partly covered in timber strips, placed at intervals for ventilation. Bricks wall covered in plaster and glass windows are applied where appropriate. A wide sundeck is served as an alfresco dining room.

The ground floor is also connected to outdoor. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels are installed. A lounge area is equipped with a huge bed. Next to the space is a semi-formal dining room and a contemporary-looking pantry.

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A garden pathway connects the two buildings. To the left, patches of greenery and timber strips are put in to soften the harsh appearance of nearby cliff faces.
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Viewed from the outbuilding, the main villa boasts striking trapezoidal roof design.

The first outbuilding is opposite to the main villa, accessible via a garden pathway. The single-story home offers a small bedroom. The ensuite unit boasts an outdoor bathroom.

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The master bedroom lies in a smaller outbuilding, separated from the main villa.

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The second outbuilding sits slightly lower than the rest. The floor plan is similar to a sundeck on a cruise. The master bedroom sits on a big boulder, the top edge can be seen projecting out from the floorboard.

Where possible, uneven grounds were smooth out to make a lawn. Through time, the weather has washed rock surfaces that they gradually become organic with the house and its landscape.

Safari-inspired décor silhouetted against its modern loft interior. Naked concrete finishes compliment subdued tones of the wood. Free-form furniture at the center works as a colorful contrast. In short, its rocky terrain simply completes this house on the rock.

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The Contiguous room makes a fluent, functional interior space.
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The ensuite bathroom in the outbuilding needs no opaque roofing. Lacy shades of nearby trees keep it at comfortable temperatures throughout the day.

 

link: www.baanlaesuan.com/22153/house/house_sea/

Raw Concrete House in Paddy Fields

Raw Concrete House in Paddy Fields

On the highlands overlooking lush paddy fields stands 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.

/// Thailand /// 

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/

Time Stands Still on Beautiful Pha-ngan Island

Time Stands Still on Beautiful Pha-ngan Island

Ensconced in a coconut grove by the sea, Baan Somjai is both a vacation destination and private residence located on beautiful Pha-ngan Island. Time goes by slowly on this part of the island, so slow that it feels like time is standing still.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photos: Sitthisak Namkham /// Designer: NPDA Studio 

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A water pond running the entire stretch of the building contributes to thermal comfort as the weather heats up.

The holiday destination is the brainchild of Nattawut Piriyaprakob of NPDA, who is the designer and son of property owners Banjob and Somjai Piriyaprakob. The land is a heritage from Nattawut’s grandmother. Nattawut traveled back and forth to the property often. Back in the days it was nothing but coconut trees.

Nowadays travel to Pha-Ngan has become more convenient. It’s reason enough for Nattawut and family to put in a home here. As he puts it: “Mom and Dad used to work in other provinces. They decided to return to Pha-ngan after retirement and started out here with a homestay called Coconut and Noom Resort.” 

 

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The wide-open seating space comes complete with floating furniture for ease of care and flexible uses of space.

The homestay had welcomed all kinds of tourists from backpackers in the Full Moon Party to European families, which inspired Banjob and Somjai to build a permanent home here. They enjoyed getting to know new people every day.

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The bedroom, dining room and kitchen line up alongside the front porch. The exterior walls and the roofs are fixed at a tilted angle that best protects the home from the glare of the sun.

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The brick wall boasts diagonal plaster stripes in glossy red contrasting with the brick foundation in matte finishes. 

Nattawut designed the buildings based on his memories and knowledge of indigenous materials. “It’s the combination of local materials and local builder expertise that culminates in this house design. Bamboo paneling is easy to find. Walls are crafted of red brick and flooring is made of polished concrete finishes.”

The designer intentionally added vivid colors into the work “As you can see, I chose bold colors for the building, such as, bright exterior walls. Shadow cast from coconut trees make the landscape even more interesting.”

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The sundeck that is Banjob’s vantage point offers 360 degrees views of the coconut grove and the sea to the further side.

Benefiting from the sea breeze, every room is well ventilated. Opaque walls on the west shield the building from the afternoon sun, while the pond helps disperse the heat. Altogether, the design cools the house down even when the weather is hot.

With generous hospitality and good design, Baan Somjai seaside Resort is not only a home to the Piriyaprakob family, but also a dream destination for travelers from across the globe.

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link: http://www.npdastudio.com/

Tuk Tuk / The Colorful Journey From Europe to Asia

Tuk Tuk / The Colorful Journey From Europe to Asia

The ‘TukTuk’ or ‘A vehicle with three wheels’ is an exciting transport in Asia. Living ASEAN explored the story of TukTuk’s in Southeast Asia and found an interesting journey of this unusual mode of transportation.

/// ASEAN ///

/// Story: Samutcha Viraporn /// 

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The Tuk Tuk or Tricycle in the Philippines carries students to their school. Photo: http://www.compassion.com
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Tuk Tuks are in the center of Bangkok.
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Photo : Peerapol Taiyaithieng

     The Tuk Tuk is the alternative transport in many countries. Especially in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia. Besides their agility, Tuk Tuks are also the color of the cities they represent. Its body, assembly, material, color and decoration are different. It is dependent upon the local taste. Though bright and bold in brilliant colors, The Tuk Tuk provides a no-frills approach to transportation.

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The Piggio Ape in Italy, the first model of three-wheel vehicle. Photo: www.picautos.com
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Daihatsu Midget. Photo: By Mytho88 – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4618087 (1957-1972)
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Daihatsu Midget MP5 at Toyota Museum. Photo: By Mytho88 – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1299402

     In 1947, Corradino D’Ascanio, aircraft designer at Piggio developed three vehicles in Italy and named it ‘Piggio Ape’. He is also the inventor of Vespa, the stylish motorcycle which is still fabulous today. While ‘vespa’ means ‘wasp’ in English, ‘Ape’ means ‘bee’. In Japan, Daihatsu introduced the Daihatsu Midget to the marketplace in 1957. It became the prototype of three-wheel vehicles in Asia such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand. Even the world greatest spy, Mr. James Bond uses a Tuk Tuk as his vehicle two times, in the film Octopussy and the famous Visa advertising campaign.

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Tuk Tuks in Phnom Penh, The drivers are waiting for the passenger at every tourist spots. Photo: Samutcha Viraporn
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Daihatsu Midget MP5 at Trang, Southern province in Thailand. Photo: Aphirux Suksai 
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The Tuk Tuk became Thailand’s national costume on the Miss Universe stage in 2015. This costume won the best national costume that year. Photo: Miss Universe Thailand.

Nowadays, The TukTuk is one of the symbols of tourism in Bangkok. You can hail it around the center of the old town area and the local markets. Another style of the TukTuk is called ‘Skylab’. You can find it in many Northeast provinces in Thailand. They export Skylab to Vientianne in Laos which calls it ‘Jumbo’.

In Cambodia, the TukTuk is a passenger-carrying trailer pulled by a motorcycle. It is the best way for tourists to take a local tour in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

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The Unique tricycles in Pagadian city, the Philippines driver offer roller coaster experience to passengers. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikee032901/
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Electric Tricycles designed in 2012 in the Philippines.

The body designs in the Philippines show more varieties of TukTuk. The passenger cabin was mounted to a motorcycle as a side car. This vehicle was called ‘Tricycles’ in this country. Moreover, some cities have their own design like Pagadian city. In Indonesia, They imported three wheelers from India and called it ‘Bajaj’ from the name the brand.

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Vietnam in 1967, Xe Lam is the convenient transportation for the people. Photo: Bill Mullin

     On the other hand, The Vietnamese government decided to ban modified three wheelers in 2008. Because of personal vehicles increasing on the roadways and the use of rickshaw became dangerous. In the past, ‘Xe Lam’ or auto rickshaw was popular in Saigon. Most of them used an Italian Lambretta 175 or Lambro 550 engine. However, in 2012 The Hanoi Automobile Transport Association tried to bring them back to the roadways. The idea attracted strong criticism from the experts in the country and was defeated.

Eventually, In Southeast Asia, you can see Tuk Tuks in many cities and enjoy the unique experience.

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link: http://www.compassion.com/school-around-the-world.htm

Home Renovation / The Artist House in Kuala Lumpur

Home Renovation / The Artist House in Kuala Lumpur

The place called “Desa House” belongs to 49-year-old artist Leon Leong. Located in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the building clearly stands out from the rest in a neighborhood characterized by ubiquitous town-homes.

/// Malaysia /// 

Architect: WHBC Architects, by Wen Hsia /// Story : Panchat Changchan /// Photos : Rithirong Chanthongsuk

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Newly added on is the sky garden that extends outward from the second-floor façade. 

The most eye-catching feature is the lush sky garden that extends outward from the second floor. The structure also doubles as carport roof. Green foliage adorns the front façade and functions as a privacy curtain. The striking feature reminds us that we have reached our destination.

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The sky garden platform, which doubles as carport roof, is accessible from the second floor.

The bedroom and the studio are lit by natural light through sliding glass that slides open to access the greenery. The same applies to the rear portion of the house, which opens to a backyard. In the front and back, green foliage forms privacy curtains that effectively set the interior spaces apart from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Roof beams are clearly visible after ceilings are removed to make way for the new add-on.
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There is no need for electric lights as the interior is sufficiently illuminated by natural energy via the second-floor skylight and the main entrance.
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Lattice skylight crafted of concrete turns the second-floor living spaces into a well-lit place. /// Natural light illuminates the central court that the artist owner uses as his workstation.

The home’s aesthetic is achieved by putting in an add-on and other details to the existing structure. Like other townhomes in the neighborhood, there is a central court that the occupants use for relaxation. But architect Wen Hsia of the WHBC Architects group has a better idea. She transforms this centerpiece into something different. What used to be a seating area now becomes a lush landscape, where tall trees cast shadows on surrounding walls and much of the first floor. It brings in the outdoor, and the atmosphere comes alive every time leaves blow in the wind. All day the light and sound show gives the artist homeowner the inspirations that he needs.

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The interior spaces double as an art gallery, where Leon displays his beautiful works of art.
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The artist’s favorite spot is the bookshelves composed of concrete and wood frames.
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The perfect matches for timeworn kitchen countertops and minimal raw wood furniture.

Leon needs plenty of light to create works of art, and he gets it all in the home studio. To bring in natural light, the architect has tiled roofing replaced by lattice skylight, creating beautiful special effects. Concrete lattice casts striking shadow patterns everywhere. It is cheaper, longer lasting, and easier to maintain than that made of wood. As night falls, the studio is aglow by electric light. Interestingly the studio light alone is enough to illuminate the entire home.

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The artist’s workstation is nestled underneath the stairway and behind bookshelves.
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The living room shares space with the kitchen for added convenience.

Finally, the result of all solutions is very contented. The architect can bring the new life to the old building and change it to characteristic artist house.

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Tall trees provide a crisp, cool canopy to the backyard. Beach pebbles, concrete slabs, and a patch of manicured grass fill up the garden floor.

link: http://www.whbca.com/

A Retro Loft House with Colonial Accents

A Retro Loft House with Colonial Accents

Situated in Selangor state, Malaysia, the three-storey retro loft house redesigned by Ramesh Seshan is the one with endless possibility.

/// Malaysia /// 

Architect: Seshan Design, by Ramesh Seshan /// Story : Supachart Boontag /// Photos : Rithirong Chanthongsuk

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High ceilings and tall sliding glass brighten and enlarge the appearance of the living room.

Lee Kok Choong, the owner wished to turn the original space into a loft residence. To serve the requirement, Seshan rethought the entire materials and design strategies. Unornamented concrete finishes and exposed brick walls become the center of attention. Rough textures were accentuated while retro Chinese style detailing were added.

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The central court features a serene carp fish pond. The mellifluous sound of water fits in well with its loft atmosphere.
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The concrete spiral staircase in the hallway stands ready to extend a warm welcome to the second-floor living spaces.
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For a lightweight look, concrete flooring on the bridge is replaced by thick tempered glass panels.

The building is now rich in outstanding features. The Hong Kong colonial-inspired opening area adorns the second floor. Geometric-shape ceramic tile was custom-made for flooring, which matched well with wrought iron detailing on safety handrails.

The façade is covered by rustic-style panels resembling a those from a so-called Jawa’s spacecraft in Star Wars. Its spiral staircase is interestingly crafted from naked concrete and black metal meshes, reflecting an industrial loft style.

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The main kitchen is located next to the living area for convenience. The floor is covered in smooth, green marble, while exposed bricks add a hint of interest to nearby walls.

Each floor has its own character. Flooring on the ground level is covered with green marble imported from india, while Rosa Levanto or red marble adds a bold personality to a living room on the second floor. And the third floor is unexpectedly switched to various concrete surfaces. The interior is also come with a fun twist. Instead of using a bar stools, vintage barber chairs are placed in front of a bar counter. An antique cabinet and aged décor items are also in use here.

 

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Concrete spiral stairs lead to living spaces on the second and third floors.

The U-shaped floor plan features a central court that opens to natural light. The light and airy atmosphere are further enhanced by large glass doors. Even though the design was influences by many styles and the house was invested in different material, the architect had finally managed to keep the overall retro loft look in unity. It’s safe to say the house is both comfortable and at the same time, unique.

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Huge rust-colored panels serve as blinds for the spacious en suite bedroom.
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Different color marble floors mark the boundaries between the bedroom and the adjoining bath.

 

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The opening area on the second floor is inspired by the traditional way of life in old Hong Kong. The Blank and white stripe bamboo blinds are influenced by a popular design during Malaysian colonial period.

 

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The Modern Malaysia House design brings out cool personality of the Retro-Loft style inspired by the Colonial way of life in old Hong Kong.

link: http://divisare.com/authors/2144743628-seshan-design

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