The Fusion of Chinese Heritage with Traditional Thai / Baan Gongsi

The Fusion of Chinese Heritage with Traditional Thai / Baan Gongsi

The Fusion of Chinese Heritage with Traditional Thai / Baan Gongsi

Baan Gongsi, the home is built based on Chinese heritage in architecture mixed with defining features that are characteristic of the traditional Thai style home. The perfect visual blend is the brainchild of Pongsakorn Tumprueksa and Nattanan Pokinpitak of the Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts.

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Story : Supachart Boontang ///

Photos : Soopakorn Srisakul and Arsom Arch Community and Environment Co., Ltd. A division of the Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts ///

Architecture : Arsom Arch Community and Environment Co., Ltd. A division of the Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts

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The two-storey home, which is the main building on the premises, features large double doors designed for air circulation by natural means. The interior space is kept cool all day because heat doesn’t build up inside it. There is hardly any need for mechanical air conditioning.

Known as “ Baan Gongsi  the handsome home embraces the concept of extended family living along with peaceful coexistence with nature. Thais of Chinese descent, the homeowners Thianchai and Noree Niyom want to perpetuate a traditional lifestyle that values family sharing and mutual benefits. Thianchai’s sister also lives in the same compound.

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A garden slate walkway leads to an elevated pool hemmed in by Applied Chinese architecture. Distinctive, slightly upturned roof design makes the main building and surrounding annexes appear lightweight.
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The center court pool stretches across the entire length of the veranda. It provides plenty of room for exercise. Meantime, the interior spaces are kept cool by breezes blowing in over the pool.

The design features a Chinese architectural feature known as “Court House,” which relies on a central courtyard as the main engine driving air circulation by natural means. The well-conceived design ensures the home fits in well with the hot and humid climate of the region. Its floor plan showcases a cluster home design similar to that of the typical Thai-style home of olden days. The main villa and nearby annexes are set around the center court. The sprawling design allows a healthy dose of morning sun to pour into the interior living spaces. At night the courtyard is aglow with moonlight.

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Long roof overhangs protect the buildings from harsh afternoon sun. Diamond-shaped tiles at the far end blend well with Chinese-style roofing on either side of the pool.
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The slightly upturned Chinese-style roofing is crafted the old-fashioned way. The design makes use of large structural wood timbers for primary support of the roof tiles.

The center court is referred to as “Heart” of the cluster home design. It brings joy into family life and supplies every part of the house with fresh air. There is a stone paver patio by the ancestral home that serves as a venue for morning tea. Nearby the center court swimming pool means the health benefits of good exercise are there for the taking. Overall, it is a piece of architecture designed for the salubrious lifestyle of an extended family.

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The second-floor balcony looks out over the pool and the landscape beyond. The wood deck is reminiscent of Thai-style home design.

From a security perspective, the home is well crafted and based on an interesting access floor plan, which ensures privacy is protected. Well thought out plan offers smooth transition from one area to another. There is a Welcome Court with patches of greenery where guests are met upon arrival, followed by a stone paver patio leading to the Moon Door, which is the house’s main entrance. From there stone paver walkways provide access to the main villa and nearby annexes. The center court itself lies protected by a lacy canopy of mature trees making this visit a warm and enchanting experience. Because it is nestled in the city center, the home relies on plenty of lush greenery to protect it from noises and air pollution.

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The interior boasts contiguous living spaces that stretch from the dining area to seating spaces to the library and all the way to the veranda beyond.
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The bathroom comes with contemporary design. The shower room is semi-outdoor reminiscent of traditional Thai-style home. Floor tiles with antique patterns complement the soft white color on the walls.
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Lush greenery adds a touch of nature to the central courtyard.

Real wood is one of the most outstanding features here. What makes it aesthetically pleasing is the gracefully upturned roof that is characteristic of Chinese architecture. All things considered, it has been a wholesome destination where nature and culture coexist in peaceful harmony.

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The Moon Door is adapted to sport a more contemporary look. The main entrance into the cluster home setting also serves as a defining feature that embraces respect for nature and traditional wisdom.
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The home’s front view design showcases the gracefully upturned roof style characteristic of traditional Chinese architecture.
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The peaceful stand-alone house of Buddha serves as a reminder of Thai architecture of olden days.
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Concrete footing protects timber piles from humidity that could pose a threat to the home in the long term. /// Primary roofing support is crafted the old-fashioned way utilizing of large structural timbers. The cutout at the top of the pole allows the ridge beam to rest securely for extra durability.

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