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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/

Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

A designer couple built their dream home in Vietnam countryside.

/// Vietnam /// 

Architect and Interior Design: My an Pham Thi and Michael Charruault /// Story : Ajchara Jeenkram /// Photos : Nantiya Busabong, Damrong Leewairoj

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Their dream home features a mix of real wood, concrete finishes, exposed brick finishes, and exquisite palm leaf roofing. Vertical pattern makes the fence look higher than its true height. 

My An Pham Thi, a vietnamese interior designer together with Michael Charrualt, her French husband, who is also a 3D graphic designer built their dream home office utilizing natural materials and distinctive techniques.

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A large table with Windsor chairs and a park bench adorn the spacious, semi-outdoors dining room. Exposed ceilings feature smooth concrete finishes for ease of maintenance and precautions against humidity problems.

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The design emphasizes greatly on sustainability to minimize the impact on the environment. The couple mixed local materials and clever designing strategy to create an elegant yet eclectic appearance to the house.

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To bring in the outdoors, surrounding conditions are incorporated into the design scheme.

The fence was constructed of raw concrete and bamboo detailing. The wooden gate gives an Asian chic atmosphere while protecting the house from the outside. The exterior walls features rough plaster finish, which adds an interesting look to it. Hollow bricks filled in between intervals, forming a good natural ventilation system. The bricks along with palm leaf roofing adds an indigenous flair to this warm and cozy house.

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Bricks are installed as air-vents. This improves a ventilation system and also allows more natural light to enter.
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The home office area is spacious with frame-like bookshelves for improved visibility and air circulation.

The inspiration behind this design was their lifestyles, the couple love to live lives both indoor and outdoor. The house was then designed to serve the purpose. On the ground floor, sits a connecting living space with chinoiserie furniture and a spacious dining room with a garden view. The second floor works as a home office with a snug bedroom. The master bedroom lies on the third floor where decoration was set to a minimal tone.
The couple weren’t in a hurry. So, the house was gradually built through slow-pacing experiments with different natural materials. When facing with an obstacle or a problem, the took turn to resolve it one by one. As a result, the eco-friendly dream home was finally built with love and care.

 

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Tall windows under the sloping roofline fill the third-floor master bedroom with natural light.
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A small patch of greenery adds life and freshness to the bathroom wall.
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Graphic pattern tiles and carpet are toned down by the neutral color of the wooden sofa.

link: http://www.mmarchitects.net/

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/

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

With bamboo as its main material, the architect has integrated the modern tropical design to the nature.

/// Malaysia ///

Architect: Design Unit Sdn Bhd /// Story: Ekkarach Laksanasamlich /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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A concrete roof spanning 15 meters across provides protection for the sitting room, dining room, and bedrooms.

The house is located in Selangor state, Malaysia. The design was responsible by John G N Bulcock of Design Unit. Though the theme is modern tropical, Bulcock preferred not to limit his idea only to the word. “Actually, I’m not interested in defining it. I’m more curious to look into the floor plan, the atmosphere, the functions. And I like it the way it is.”

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The swimming pool and terraces lie at the low end of sloping ground surrounded by full-grown trees.  /// The door is especially made to open wide from one end to the other. So, the view is not blocked.

Fung Kai Jin, the homeowner gave Bulcock freedom to design. The only request was to feature bamboo into the work, although the material has some flaws of its own. “Bamboo is a gift from nature,” said Fung.

“It is strong and durable to a certain extent. But it has some weaknesses. It doesn’t last as long as other kinds of wood, or steel and concrete masonry and it requires more maintenance than other materials. But for those who have a penchant for bamboo, I think it worths the effort. After all, you get to spend time in the house that you love every day.”

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The sitting room has high ceilings. The upstairs TV room is protected from the sunlight by a bamboo lattice.
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Spaces between the walls promote good air circulation.

Bullock then decided the house has to be an integrated one. “The main idea is to make the house an integral part of the nature, he recalled.

“Meaning, it has to blend well with the land features and trees around it. So the plan calls for plenty of open spaces and undisturbed materials, such as plain concrete finishes, glass, and bamboo.”

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Imitating nature with a rain garden, the architects put in a nice little green alfresco oasis on the second floor.
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A semi-outdoors area stays cool and comfortable all day thanks to leafy plants and underground vapors.

The three-storey house was set on a slope. So, Bullock placed a carport and a main entrance on the second floor for a practical use. The floor consists of a dining room, a kitchen, a TV room and a wide balcony overlooking a swimming pool. The lower floor includes a home office, a living room, a storage room and a maid’s quarter. Private area is reserved on the third floor.

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The bedroom is adorned with simple decoration. Plain concrete walls and white ceilings spice up the atmosphere. The floorboard is made of a hard wood for durability and a stress-free environment.

The house is kept small and uncluttered by dividing into rooms connecting through a roofed hallway that spans over 15 meters across the area. A small interval between the roof and the building is allowed for the rain and sunshine in.

There are also gaps between the main roof and nearby rooms to promote a good ventilation system. Fresh air circulates throughout the day through passageway and gaps in bamboo lattice. Courtesy to the tropical weather, there is no need for an air-conditioning machine.

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The architects install bamboo lattice in the interiors as well to create visual continuity.
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Fixed windows at the top edge of dining room walls allow light to shine through, while effectively keeping the heat out.

“As it rains, a fine spray of water descends upon bamboo lattice. When the owner chose this kind of material, he accepts that wet weather is normal. Call it living close to nature. We need to plan which part can be exposed to the rain and vice versa to avoid damage to the structure over time,” Bullock said

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Large windows in the son’s bedroom make the interior very light and airy. The swimming pool below can be seen in full view from here.

All things considered, this modern tropical house is a good example of what living close to nature should look like.

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For maximum exposure to the natural surroundings, stair railings are crafted of glass panels.

 

link: http://designunit.com.my/ / http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/17-worlds-most-amazing-tropical-houses-that-will-leave-you-breathless/

The Energy Efficient Home

The Energy Efficient Home

The hot and humid climate in Thailand is inevitable. But where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Just as this energy efficient home demonstrated.

/// Thailand ///

Architect: Assoc.Prof.Tonkao Panin, Ph.D., and Tanakarn Mokkhasmita /// Photo: Sungwan Phratep

 

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The floorboard is crafted of prefab concrete slabs on steel structure. The terrace is made of glossy finish concrete.

This property belongs to Assoc.Prof.Tonkao Panin Ph.D, a teacher at Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University. She revived an old abandoned building into an airy, well-ventilated house.

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The car park is underneath the house. A short driveway makes it possible to widen a garden area.
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There is no need to fill up the entire plot. Instead, leave just enough space for air circulation.

Flanked by a canal, the long-term problem arises. Floods tend to happen often, this was the main reason to tear the old thing down to start anew.

We have full-grown trees in the land, which we intended to keep. So, the architects designed the building around them. Because of some limitations, traces from the old connecting building is still remain. The space where tall trees is standing now was made into an atrium.”

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The staircase leading to the second floor is equipped with simple looking handrails that match the style of the house.
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Passageways on the property are designed to be semi-outdoors for increased exposure to the sun and the wind.

“I want a home that is open and airy – a house that breathes. The new design calls for wide corridors and ample spaces underneath the house. The low land is now filled up to street level to create a semi-outdoor multi-purpose area.”

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The energy-savvy double-wall corridor connects all interior spaces.

Tonkao chose steel for the main structure. Because they reduced construction periods and enable a flexible construction schedule.

The two-story, L-shaped home splits into two wings located on either side of the warm and lively center court. The canopy of tall trees keeps the entire living spaces cool and comfortable all day long. Exterior walls are made of hollow bricks to block the sun while leaving a space for the wind to flow in. Long overhangs protect the house from heat waves, while stilt floor improves ventilation.

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A sliding door separates the office and sitting area on the second floor. The two rooms become one when the door is opened.

“We sleep soundly in a compact bedroom. A wide corridor helps when we walk pass one another. Semi-outdoor walkways keep us informed of current weather conditions and we don’t need any air-conditioning machine.” Tonkao mentioned her home with content.

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Louver windows are ideal for increased air circulation. Clear glass alternates with translucent panels add curb appeal.

Courtesy of the energy efficient home, residents are able co-live happily with the nature.

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High-rise windows give a sunny bright light and accentuate the vertical design. /// The all-white bathroom, which is contiguous with the bedroom, is designed with ease of maintenance in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

link: http://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/050415/8-energyefficient-home-design-ideas-invest.asphttp://www.savingsbydesign.com/

Nature Meets Concrete House

Nature Meets Concrete House

When nature becomes a part of our home, our souls are nurtured. This concrete house in Malaysia took its first step of creating a sanctuary of mind.

/// Malaysia ///

Architect: Seksan Design /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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Steel structures are used in remaking this new house. Steel technologies provide a fast and convenient alternative.

“Sekeping Tenggiri” searching on the Internet, you can see the amazing place. It is where Malaysians love to shoot their pre-wedding photographs. A part of it is remade into a guesthouse for those to stay. The house belongs to Ng Sek San, founder of the landscaping and architecture firm Seksan Design.

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Plants and natural light combine to soften the harsh surfaces of building materials, making it a warm and well-lighted place.

Located in Jalan Tenggiri district of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the part of the small plot of land. Nonetheless, the owner effectively incorporates plenty of natural features in this architecture. The owner tells us that remake from what used to be two adjacent houses. He obviously made a clean sweep. Ng is also an art collector. That explains why one side of it is devoted to enviable art collections, which are public open. No admission charge.

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The same building materials are used on both the exteriors and interiors to create visual continuity intended by the architects.

The two-story home has a full array of functional areas, from the sitting room, dining room and kitchen to a swimming pool and seven bedrooms. The owner is a landscape architect. Working on this house, he starts small from a humble garden and gradually makes inroads into bigger projects on the interiors. To him a garden is a room and his exterior design spaces more look like an extension of the interiors too.

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The ground floor features a dining room that connects immaculately with the swimming pool and the garden at the far end. Thanks to the canopy of tall trees, cool breezes can be felt all day.
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Floorboards and concrete roofs. In general, are built 10 centimeters thick, but it is only 7 centimeters here. There are gaps, about 5-10 centimeters, between the ceiling and the top edge of the wall for good ventilation.

A good example of Modern Tropical style, the house is designed to reduce heat and prevent problems due to moisture. As long overhangs and awnings, which protect against scorching sunlight. Exposed roof sections and plain floors make a simple seeing. The materials used are quite commonplace, such as concrete masonry, bricks, wood, and steel. The main structure is steel-reinforced concrete. Other details allow the nature to participate. To a comfy living space. Upstairs bedrooms are mode cool by air circulation resulting from raising the floorboard 40 centimeters from concrete floors. Opaque walls are out, while glass Louvre windows are in, resulting in light and airy interiors. Parts of the roof are made of transparent materials to allow for more sunlight, especially over the swimming pool.

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The master bedroom on the second floor is simple and raw. Exposed brick walls, crude concrete floors, and windows that open wide from one corner to the other combine to enhance visual continuity with the natural surroundings.
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Who says underneath the window has got to be an opaque wall? Not true. Here, Louvre windows are used to promote air circulation.
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A renovated bathroom features a raised floorboard to accommodate new plumbing. The dry section is open to wide variety of materials, but for the wet section easy-care products, such as tiles, are a smart choice.

This concrete house has plenty of passageways that promote air circulation. For example the air passages between wooden floorboards, along the corridors and exterior walls. They also make the house appear uncluttered and incredibly relaxed.

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Skylights installed above the bathroom help indoor plants flourish. /// The house and surrounding vegetation combine into one. Natural building materials no doubt make for comfy living conditions.

 

link: http://www.seksan.com/

Concrete Houses for Hot and Humid Weather

Concrete Houses for Hot and Humid Weather

What kind of design suits hot and humid weather? Many concrete houses are the ones to answer this region’s common question.

/// Thailand / Vietnam / Japan /// 

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The raw concrete home-office house has truly interpreted the meaning of ‘everyone’s home’. With its unique design, each family member has also taken part in adapting their lifestyle to the home design while intervening the multi-purpose space for everyone.

Design-Decorate: Peradech and Kittitaj Norasethakorn

 

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It’s vital to build your weekend home, harmonizing with nature. Although the house style is modern, but you can let all materials show the raw texture without any decoration. Blending with the natural environment.

Design-Decorate: Peeradech Norasethakorn, KLICKKENSTUDIO

 

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Now, the new concrete house space design is developed from the Thai-traditional house planning which plants the tree in the center court of a house and encircles with porch and four corners. This design will adapt to the comfortable concrete home style along with every detail of Thai house that was given the new perception of contemporary style.

Design: Warunyu Mokarapirom and Santhad Srisang

 

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This compact concrete house makes us feel the essence of Thai house, but it is free from any types of roof. The only thing they need from building this house is to live in this humid climate atmosphere without using air-conditions or turning the lights on.

Design: sea.monkey.coconut

 

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Now, the architect can create the new modern loft concrete house by adapting traditional house’s platform in both upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs can connect with the living room when opening the sliding glass doors that can help extend another useful space, while the upstairs also use the window with the Thai-style awning.

Design: Vorapong Teerakawongsakul, M.O.L. studio Co.,Ltd.

 

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A box concrete house with simple and modern style can harmoniously contain every detail of Japanese way. The architect invented new formula of white concrete to enhance its unique minimal style.

Design: Waro Kishi + K.ASSOCIATES/Architects

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The tiny concrete house called ‘Mancave’ separates from the big house. The owner intends to have all the facilities for as same as the big one to serve his works and hobbies.

Design: Kamron Suthi, Eco Architect Co.,Ltd.

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The white concrete house in box-shape, Sukhumvit area has given the simple and stunning look among many ordinary houses. With its smart concept, this house can prove the modern style that can respond to our needs and friendly to all of everyone.

Design: Tidtang Studio

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Concrete block house, the modern design for the owner’s parents. They can do a lot of activities with their children in this cozy space. Design the wide green open space in the center of a house for every family’s member usages.

Design: Dang Huy Cuong, i.House Architecture and Construction 

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/12697/daily-idea-concrete-house/

Modern Thai Style House

Modern Thai Style House

This Modern Thai style house incorporates traditional wisdom into its modern design. All aspects of the environment are taken into account, including air circulation, calmness and comfort.

/// Thailand /// 

Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk, Sitthisak Namkham /// Interior Design: Sirirat Ketphol ///

Architects: Bundit Kanisthakhon, Natee Suphavilai 

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This house is a product of mixing traditional Thai elements into the design scheme that emphasizes eco-friendly materials and modern technologies.

The couple incorporated traditional Thai wisdom with the best in modern design to create this modern Thai delightful home. The house of Panupong and Busakorn Hiranrak inspired by changing the design. Obviously, some of the imported concepts didn’t seem to go together well with the kind of climate we have in Southeast Asia.

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Modern symmetrical design enhances the house’s tranquil details. Crisp, clean lines and calm hues go together well with unornamented concrete walls.

Located in Bangkok’s Bangplad District, the house sits on a plot that was once part of a lush agricultural landscape. Architect Bundhit Kanitakhon explains:

“The land for many years used to be a thriving fruit orchard served by a well-planned irrigation system. House design was honest and straightforward, taking into account directions of the winds, the sun, and seasonal flooding. The result was a simple home with a modern edge and comfy atmosphere.”

On the outside, the house was made of concrete masonry, for the most part unornamented. Closer examinations revealed elements of a true Thai style personality – ideal house orientation, suspended ground floor, and the so-called breathing wall design.

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The master bedroom on the second floor boasts high ceilings in peaceful cream tones. Sloped ceilings and cool bed cover design add to the overall appeal of the room.

Ideal building orientation

There is a sense of auspicious energetic flow and comfort. The main log axis of the building runs East-West, allowing it to capitalize on natural air movement and effectively reduce heat.

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Protection against sun, winds and rain /// Steeply sloped roofs with long overhangs protect the house from scorching sunlight and throw rainwater clear of the wall. Air blocks that form the exterior walls also allow for good air circulation and keep the house cool.

Suspended ground floor

Its stilt house design provides for effective under-floor air circulation, which is a form of the passive cooling characteristic of homes in Southeast Asia. The stilts raise the house one meter above the surface of the soil to protect from seasonal flooding, ventilate air underneath the suspended ground floor, and effectively reduce humidity.

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Antique chinoiserie furniture adds appeal to the dining area adjacent to the show kitchen. The dark-colored long table and bench pull out cultural influences in the décor details.
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High ceilings make the hallway light and airy. Lit by a trio of suspended fixtures, the area is clearly visible from the bedroom on the second floor. Vivid color ceramic tiles add interesting effects to the design scheme.

Breathing wall design

This Thai style home is all about creating one seamless transition from the inside to the outside. Indoors living spaces are light and airy thanks to an array of 26 windows that stand 3.6 meters tall. They open up to bring in the outdoors. The teak wood shutters are the work of master builders from the old capital Ayuthaya. Meanwhile, walls are composed of air blocks. The so-called breathing walls not only promote good air ventilation but also add to the overall curb appeal.

The house’s other distinctive features include a large central terrace, steep roofs arching upwards, and lush green surroundings.

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The wood terrace provides easy access to all functional areas. During the day, all 26 teak wood shutters that stand 3.6 meters tall open up to bring in the outdoors.

Central terrace

The central court is the largest open space that connects with and supplies fresh air to other parts of the house. A form of cooling strategies, it ensures the occupants are thermally comfortable all year round.

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Utilizing natural light, the lofty stairway is big and tall by any standard. Even the platform half way to the top is large enough for a small art gallery.
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Natural light illuminates the second-floor bathroom through a skylight and sliding glass windows. The amount of light on the side is controlled by Venetian blinds. /// Vanity lights illuminate the countertop area. For better vision, choose the right bulbs that emit near natural light.

Steep roofs design

The house boasts steeply sloping tile roofs that arch upwards about 40 degrees to allow for rapid rainwater run-off. On the edges, the eaves from an overhang that not only protects the building from scorching midday sun but also throw storm water clear of the walls. The steep roof design also serves as a natural cooling strategy.

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Roof shingles are made of kiln fired earth known for its ability to not only dissipate heat quickly, but also prevent radiation from reaching the interior living spaces.

Natural surroundings

Thanks to the creative design, the house blends well with the green surroundings. Nearby, mango, banana, and jackfruit trees thrive alongside other vegetation that provides a crisp, cool canopy keeping the occupants comfortable all year round.

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In the backyard, a fruit orchard keeps the house well supplied all year round.

On the inside, ample living spaces boast Asian inspired décor. Airy rooms are decked out with classic Thai and Chinese furniture from years gone by. Old cabinets, tables, and a Chinese style daybed are carefully placed to ensure they don’t clash with new sofas and trendy modern shelves. There is a seamless transition from one area to another. Modest design concepts also pull in the natural earth tones seen throughout the house, from wood to kiln fired ceramic tiles and the air blocks.

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On the inside, old eco-friendly furniture adorns the ample living room. Traditional and Oriental elements add some cultural flair to a cozy atmosphere. The exterior walls are composed of air blocks for privacy and good ventilation.
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Adding harmonious proportions of handicrafts to the decor brings a strong cultural element to the limelight. A stage is set for story telling.
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Floors made of ceramic tiles are ideal for keeping homes cool in hot climates. /// Window shutters are crafted of teak wood known for durability. Some of the shutters are equipped with small awning windows. They are ideal for areas that need privacy, but still let some light and breeze into the room.

 

link: http://www.baanlaesuan.com/category/house

Co-Housing / Between Two Different Lifestyles

Co-Housing / Between Two Different Lifestyles

“It’s a co-housing arrangement. Mine is more of a dynamic, full-of-life home. The house next door is my brother’s. It appears to be more private in the midst of a tranquil setting.

/// Thailand ///

Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk, Soopakorn Srisakul, Thamawit Wangkijsoonthorn, Bussakorn Kuankit /// Design: Alkhemist Architects

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Between the different spaces, natural radiance is all in the eclectic details. Despite its modern edge, the open seating area rekindles a fresh interest in terrace design of a Thai style home.

The homeowner, Suthiphong Pongpawasuit said I was kind of speechless for a bit when I heard him express his feelings about the house. It could be that I was expecting the most beautiful replies like always. No offense intended. It was the most honest and unpretentious of feelings.

“I could feel a warm and friendly atmosphere, and appreciate the meaning of “home” as he defined it. I have come to one that reflected the true personality of its owners.” The two houses are surrounded by pleasant grounds made the two brothers happy in their own way. The two buildings brought out differences in their lifestyles and their preferences.

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An array of overhead windows let a healthy dose of morning sunshine into the cozy seating area. Wrought iron detailing in the multiple-paned windows creates an interesting light and textural display on the surfaces below.

The first building belongs to Suthiphong. It is concrete chic based on a straightforward design. The walls are fabricated of unornamented concrete finishes and an interesting mix of textures and materials. Floating systems of electrical conduits conjure up images of an urban industrial loft apartment. The interior features gorgeous living spaces. During the day natural light shines through large overhead windows with wrought iron detailing, creating an amazing shadow play. There is a sense of visual continuity that connects seamlessly with the exterior as soon as the large door slides open. On the outside, peaceful lush landscaping under a tree canopy can be seen in full view. On the inside, different furniture styles add a hint of interest in a subtle way.

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Awesome overhead opening lets natural light into the relaxed living room and nearby stairway. Well thought-out design makes the area playful and inviting.
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The layout epitomizes a relationship of mutual benefit between the two brothers. What goes on in one house can be seen from the other.

Obviously, the house is designed for the local climate. Oftentimes we complain of too much sun, winds, and rain. But since we call this country home, why not make the most of the extreme weather conditions? They are the natural appeal of this Region. That is why we see all natural elements being incorporated into the design scheme. Here, the sun, the winds, and rain are all taken into account in framing the house within a beautiful botanical border. That makes living here a life fulfilling experience.

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The working area and nearby kitchen are neatly incorporated into the total living space. The interlinking design takes into consideration personal preferences and lifestyle.

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The bedroom, which is supposed to be private and personal, is not exactly cut off from other living spaces. The awesome opening allows the guest area below to be seen in full view from the bedroom.

The second building belongs to Suthiphong’s brother, Kittiwat Pongpawasuit. Unlike the first house, it comes in a mix of white, cream, and gray tones, which together give it to a strikingly handsome appearance. The design is light and airy and emphasizes a warm and peaceful atmosphere. Brick walls are painted white to minimize any alteration of natural light and color reflecting on the surfaces. The home, especially its living spaces, is all about enhancing a seamless indoor-outdoor relationship. Crisp, clean landscaping can be seen all the way to the swimming pool, thanks to large single-paned glass doors that slide open and neatly disappear into the walls. The living room gets nice cool breezes from the swimming pool and is set facing north to avoid the harshest of the afternoon sun.

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Exterior walls on the north side are open to natural light all day. Downstairs the seating space is made comfortable by nice cool breezes blowing in over the swimming pool.
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The swimming pool is literally a few steps from seating areas on the terrace. There is an unobstructed, gradual descent from the veranda to the garden.
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The easy-to-maintain kitchen design features a countertop crafted of unadorned concrete finishes. A red brick wall subtly separates it from the adjacent guest area.
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The bathroom is inspired by industrial loft design. Details are reduced to just clean, straight lines within the modest style.

The two designs may contrast in personality, but architect Kraipol Jayanetra of Alkhemist Architects found a relationship between them by opting for like materials, textures, and mutual décor ideas. By this was meant the use of naked, unornamented concrete finishes, industrial-style electrical conduits, wood furniture, and a plenty of accent pieces.

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The guest area of one of the houses lies fully open to bring in the outdoor atmosphere.

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“I started out with something small but interesting, and worked my way up until I arrived at a complete unit,” said Kraipol.

That being said, every part the buildings, be it vertical or horizontal spaces performs the functions it is intended. Overall, a great mix of patterns and textures make the two houses appear in perfect harmony with each other. The difference is in the details.

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Playing with patterns light switches are installed in a way that they playfully mimic the appearance of a naked brick wall. /// Shadow play wrought iron detailing create beautiful works of art at no cost by casting light and shadow patterns on the interior spaces.

This has been a story of two youthful homes that coexist to complement each other. One is overflowing with life. The other is tranquil and handsome it its own way. They enhance and improve each other’s curb appeal, and set the stage for a simple fulfilling lifestyle.

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To protect against the intense heat of the sun particularly in Thailand, perhaps it is wise to opt for double-layer roof design. It keeps homes cool by reducing the amount of radiation from reaching the interior living spaces. The vents between each layer allow increased air circulation and keep the heat out.
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There are so many ways to texture your walls and ceilings. If smooth, fine-grained designs are not your style, you might want to go for coarse-textured, more natural looking surfaces. One alternative is the naked, unornamented concrete that rough to the touch. The design is playful and full of life. Any rough surface, whether concrete or brick. 

 

link: http://www.alkhemistarchitects.com/

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