An Airy House for Three Generations

An Airy House for Three Generations

An Airy House for Three Generations

With lush greenery and a relaxing atmosphere, this light and airy house brings the whole family a step closer to nature.

/// Thailand ///

Story: ATH /// Photos: Sitthisak Namkham /// Style: Pakhawadee Pahulo /// Architecture/Interior Design: Architecture and Interior Office Co., Ltd. (AIO) by Kowit Suriyporn /// Garden Design: Worawut Kaewsuk

The swimming pool area features a large open space for walking. For simple maintenance, In some places plots of spike moss are planted instead of grass.
The swimming pool area features a large open space for walking. For simple maintenance, In some places plots of spike moss are planted instead of grass.
View from the side of the verandah into the delightful “tropical garden style” pond in the courtyard between the two houses.
View from the side of the verandah into the delightful “tropical garden style” pond in the courtyard between the two houses.
A garden hugs the house, with beautiful branches curving this way and that adding motion to the lush tropical resort atmosphere the owners really love
A garden hugs the house, with beautiful branches curving this way and that adding motion to the lush tropical resort atmosphere the owners really love.

After living in this home for 30 years, the Srijakarin family bought additional parcels of land and rebuilt it to comfortably house three generations of family members.

The newly rebuilt house is divided into three main sections. The first is the old house, which was set aside for the owner’s parents, so remodeled with the comfort of older people in mind.

A spot in the garden where plants grow as naturally as they would in the forest. The natural effect is enhanced by setting plants at different heights, from ground cover through low shrubs, on up to tall vegetation.
A spot in the garden where plants grow as naturally as they would in the forest. The natural effect is enhanced by setting plants at different heights, from ground cover through low shrubs, on up to tall vegetation.

The second building is a two-storey house where the owner lives with his wife, and the third a modern tropical-style structure with a relaxing, resort-like atmosphere where the owner and his wife keep their belongings and stay during weekends and holidays.

Near the stairway to the second floor is a courtyard where a tiny English garden reigns supreme, visible from every corner of the house.
Near the stairway to the second floor is a courtyard where a tiny English garden reigns supreme, visible from every corner of the house.

The front garden is in the English style. This section is arranged in clean, neat lines, with benches set in corners and trees in zones with bright flowers planted in large urns.

Trees and shrubs shade the semi-enclosed pathway connecting the two houses with the swimming pool, giving the sense of walking through a sparse jungle.
Trees and shrubs shade the semi-enclosed pathway connecting the two houses with the swimming pool, giving the sense of walking through a sparse jungle.

The inner zone is a tropical rainforest garden. There’s a good-sized waterfall, and the gentle sound of a small brook. The garden is filled with verdant green mosses under the shade of trees carefully selected with the help of the landscape architect.

Wide-angle view: coordinated houses and lush vegetation.
Wide-angle view: coordinated houses and lush vegetation.

It’s not easy to put together a landscaping combination like this, but in the end a skillful and artistic combination of components, textures, patterns, and colors brought about a lasting and unified harmony of two garden styles.

The overall harmony of garden and house architecture creates a relaxing atmosphere.
The overall harmony of garden and house architecture creates a relaxing atmosphere.
Living room designed in “open space” form, a 2-storey-high ceiling giving the feeling of openness and relaxation, all with a view of the garden.
Living room designed in “open space” form, a 2-storey-high ceiling giving the feeling of openness and relaxation, all with a view of the garden.
In the multipurpose room a big natural wood table is ready for all sorts of activities, from casual work to comfortable pleasure reading. /// The pantry is in white, both for increased light and a feeling of space and comfort.
In the multipurpose room a big natural wood table is ready for all sorts of activities, from casual work to comfortable pleasure reading. /// The pantry is in white, both for increased light and a feeling of space and comfort.

House and gardens are a perfect fit, reflecting the combined happiness of three generations of family.

The dining room is ringed by glass to let in natural light during the day. The dark furniture color reinforces a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The dining room is ringed by glass to let in natural light during the day. The dark furniture color reinforces a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The master bedroom is furnished in a chic, fashionable way that invites relaxation. /// The downstairs bathroom has a classic décor, with natural stone floor, walls, and washbasin counter. To one side, mirrors give a sense of spaciousness.
The master bedroom is furnished in a chic, fashionable way that invites relaxation. /// The downstairs bathroom has a classic décor, with natural stone floor, walls, and washbasin counter. To one side, mirrors give a sense of spaciousness.
For an elegant and practical look, pantry décor is primarily in natural materials and colors.
For an elegant and practical look, pantry décor is primarily in natural materials and colors.
Outdoor “living room” for the family elders. /// A large sculpture adds dimension and narrative to the garden.
Outdoor “living room” for the family elders. /// A large sculpture adds dimension and narrative to the garden.

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