A Functional Home

A Functional Home

A Functional Home

This functional home provides a fine example of how limitations can be overcome. The front area is quite narrow, and the land is extremely close to a neighboring house, so each square meter has to be used wisely.


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Story : “Ajchara Jeenkram” /// Photos: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Style: Pakhawadee Phahulo /// Architecture/Interior Decoration: Workspace Architecture Studio, by Worapoj Linkanokrat and Wirawut Nonthawet

A modern-style house with a European flavor, with an elegant combination of materials such as natural stone and metal.
A modern-style house with a European flavor, with an elegant combination of materials such as natural stone and metal.
The upscale living room has only a few pieces of furniture. The coffee table has a hidden drawer for orderly storage of remote controls and other devices.
The upscale living room has only a few pieces of furniture. The coffee table has a hidden drawer for orderly storage of remote controls and other devices.

 

Natural surfaces such as stone, wood, iron, stainless steel, and brass make the entryway stand out.
Natural surfaces such as stone, wood, iron, stainless steel, and brass make the entryway stand out.

From the outside the house doesn’t appear large, but inside, it’s actually spacious. The house has three floors, with the first floor a common area consisting of living room, dining room, and pantry. The second and third floors are for rest and relaxation.

The dining room is decorated in a modern style with a mild classic flavor from stone furniture, candelabra-like ceiling lamps and a cross-shaped table legs.
The dining room is decorated in a modern style with a mild classic flavor from stone furniture, candelabra-like ceiling lamps and a cross-shaped table legs.
Due to limited space, courtyard and swimming pool are narrowly aligned along the house. Plants growing on the fence help with privacy and are visually relaxing.
Due to limited space, courtyard and swimming pool are narrowly aligned along the house. Plants growing on the fence help with privacy and are visually relaxing.

To solve these problems, Workspace Architecture Studio gave the house with a stretched-out design which puts as much area in the front and back as possible, yet still leaves enough room in between for a center courtyard filled with greenery. Overall, the décor has a modern feel, but a closer look reveals a mix of classic and modern Italian style.

Classic housing concepts were brought in to solve construction problems. Beams and pillars blend with interior décor, with some beam sections used more for decorative continuity and as spots to conveniently hide electric wires.

 

A bathroom décor of natural wood, which blends well with white and gray.
A bathroom décor of natural wood, which blends well with white and gray.

 

Authentic material surfaces (stone, metal, wood, and brass) are left exposed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Each stone surface, especially, has its own unique pattern. Stone is also durable, lasting for decades, and adds to the variety of textures in the house.

Floating and built-in furniture are part of the custom design, intended to create a harmonious look.

Good design managed to overcome limitations, serve the house owners’ needs, and make this house a special place for everyone in the family.

A beautifully patterned granite-topped table and leather chairs give a classy feel to the room.
A beautifully patterned granite-topped table and leather chairs give a classy feel to the room.

 

A black steel-frame staircase offset with vertical lines offers a light and modern look.
A black steel-frame staircase offset with vertical lines offers a light and modern look.
Dimmed light in the master bathroom builds a warm mood. Décor is mainly of granite and wood. An opening is provided for ventilation and natural light.
Dimmed light in the master bathroom builds a warm mood. Décor is mainly of granite and wood. An opening is provided for ventilation and natural light.
A high-ceilinged bedroom comes in soft-colored décor. Hidden ceiling lights add dimension, creating an illusion of an even taller space.
A high-ceilinged bedroom comes in soft-colored décor. Hidden ceiling lights add dimension, creating an illusion of an even taller space.
Working corner and reading room on the top floor. The true surface of the wood beams is exposed, for the hint of a loft environment. One wall has metal “C’ Shape frames attached so it can be used for bookshelves.
Working corner and reading room on the top floor. The true surface of the wood beams is exposed, for the hint of a loft environment. One wall has metal “C’ Shape frames attached so it can be used for bookshelves.

 

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