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“Pattani Decoded” Pattani Design Week

“Pattani Decoded” Pattani Design Week

Once you get to know it better, you will find Pattani is really quite interesting. A design week aptly named “Pattani Decoded” took place from 29 August to 1 September 2019. Living ASEAN is on location to file this report.

 

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Story: Samutcha Viraporn / Photo: Sitthisak Namkham, Samutcha Viraporn

“Pattani Decoded” is the perfect example of an esprit de corps among the city’s handpicked architects, designers and people in the community. It celebrates the richness of diverse cultural heritage and history that gives this southern town its character.

The show transforms the streets of Pattani into an outdoor gallery featuring design and architectural masterpieces. They rekindle old memories from the time of King Rama III to the Japanese invasion of Thailand during World War II and important events in recent history. The cool places to visit are on Pattanipirom, Anoaru, and Ruedi raods in Pattani Old Town, a melting pot where peoples of Thai, Chinese, and Malay descent are mixed together.

The Old Town that’s the historic heart of Pattani is alive and well today. People use their artistic abilities and creativity to liven up buildings and improve their neighborhoods. They give locals and tourists hope for the future. Favorite things to do include a journey on foot through the Old Town, a boat ride on the Pattani River, and a visit to the official residence of the first governor of Pattani.

The highlight event is an exhibition by a group called “Pattani Art Space”. Meantime, art enthusiasts have the opportunity of meeting up with luminaries such as Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Boonserm Premthada, and Saran Yen Panya. More fun events include an architectural design competition, Chef Table demos by famous restaurants, retail businesses, live music as well as workshops on shoemaking from waste materials by Tlejourn, Lepus fabric making by Benjametha, and discussions on great works of literature.

Why called it “Pattani Decoded”? Rachit Radenahmad, leader of the organizer group “Melayu Living”, replied: “We want locals to know that design is something close at hand, something within their reach. Meantime, this land abounds with good things. Going forward, people need to mix design with their beautiful cultural heritage. In so doing, they convert coded messages into intelligible language.

“We manage to get locals to participate in showcasing their homes or other places of residence. People are energized by the idea, and the show draws the biggest response both in Pattani and nearby provinces. We have so many good things here that people sometimes take for granted. The region may be known for violence, but art is always in the heart of everyone. That’s the message we are sending to the world outside.”

By all accounts it’s a well-thought-out design festival despite certain limitations. The show is giving talented architects, designers and students a chance to showcase the beauty, charm and adventure of Pattani to the world outside. At the end of the day, it’s about getting people to change their point of view, visit the historic southern town, and come away impressed.

From the Noodle Bowl to Home Decor Accessories: Works of Art by Indonesian Designers

From the Noodle Bowl to Home Decor Accessories: Works of Art by Indonesian Designers

Indonesia is home to a wealth of decorative arts and crafts, from the fascinating world of batik to the iconic noodle bowl, aka chicken bowl.

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The latter invokes fond memories of Chinese migration into the Region in the early 1900’s. Over the years, social interactions have inspired many beautiful works of art by Indonesian designers, including Alvin T, and the fashion house Sejauh Mata Memandang.

One of the legacies of Chinese culture is the noodle bowl that’s ubiquitous throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The round ceramic dish tells stories of Chinese experience as they migrated into Southeast Asia not so long ago. Interestingly enough, the iconic rooster design varies from one country to another.

Fabric design from the Noodle Bowl collection by Sejauh Mata Memandang
Part of the Noodle Bowl collection by Sejauh Mata Memandang

The fashion house Sejauh Mata Memandang recently unveiled a fascinating fabric collection, aptly named Noodle Bowl. Its colors, and handcrafted patterns are inspired by the stories of social interaction that is a building block of Indonesian society. 

Designer Alvin T’s latest work, Ayam Hook, is inspired by the iconic noodle bowl.

Product designer Alvin T took the power of artistic storytelling up a notch. He made the rooster design more exciting for people who like to hang things on the hook. He called the new invention Ayam Hook, literally translated as Chicken Hook.

 

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The First-ever Electric Hypercar of Southeast Asia

The First-ever Electric Hypercar of Southeast Asia

The electric hypercar is the apex of technology and design, and Southeast Asia has already built one. It’s making its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Dendrobium is an upcoming electric hypercar from the Lion City. It was developed by Vanda Electrics, an electric vehicle manufacturer based in Singapore, in association with Williams Advanced Engineering, and the Wong Fong Research and Innovation Centre.

Even though it looks extremely futuristic, the concept actually came from the famous Asian flora. Automatic roof and doors were designed to open in a synchronized, theatrical manner, resembling a fully-opened dendrobium flower, a genus of orchids native to Singapore.

“The Dendrobium is inspired by nature and rooted in technology, a marriage of design and engineering,” said Larissa Tan, Vanda Electrics CEO.

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No further detail has been officially announced, except that the Bridge of Weir Leather Company will provide finest Scottish leather for interior design. It’s known for the latest technology capable of producing leather products with the lowest amounts of carbon.

The Dendrobium will make its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7th. It will be another milestone for the Southeast Asian auto industry.

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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.

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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.
A Touch of the Exotic

A Touch of the Exotic

For his second home, the owner of The Library resort in Samui sets his mind on a vibrant, exotic look. A style that is totally different from his first residence.

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Story: Gobbi Chirawat /// Photos: Jirasak /// Assistant Photographers: Nattaphong /// Style: Praphaiwadee /// Designer: Amphon Jiramahaphokha

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The pantry is striking. With its red wall and ceiling and multicolor drapes, the dark metal Arabian-style partition setting it off from the rest of the home.
The pantry is striking. With its red wall and ceiling and multicolor drapes, the dark metal Arabian-style partition setting it off from the rest of the home.

The owner was already familiar with  straightforward, minimalist interior decoration. So, he wanted to change to a more intense mood with mystical charm. Yong (Amphon Jiramahaphoka), a designer of the award-winning SODA group was called upon to complete this creative project.

Dark colors alternate with paler ones, giving dimension to the "living room." The light gray wall is adorned with framed pictures. The teakwood floor is polished to a lighter shade, contrasting with the dark ceiling, and opens out onto the balcony, with its set of wicker chairs.
Dark colors alternate with paler ones, giving dimension to the “living room.” The light gray wall is adorned with framed pictures. The teakwood floor is polished to a lighter shade, contrasting with the dark ceiling, and opens out onto the balcony, with its set of wicker chairs.

“I bought this room three or four years ago because of its prime location. But the new decoration was done last year. I removed the flooring, the ceiling and the walls. To avoid disturbing the neighbor, the work was limited to few hours per day. It took about eight months in total.” the owner explained.

Dark colors alternate with paler ones, giving dimension to the "living room." The light gray wall is adorned with framed pictures. The teakwood floor is polished to a lighter shade, contrasting with the dark ceiling, and opens out onto the balcony, with its set of wicker chairs.
The room is vibrant with a strong artistry at work. The TV sits on a mock up fireplace. LED lights give a romantic mood during the nighttime.



A perfect blend of colors and cultural influences gives the style a touch of the exotic. The entrance way, paved with black granite, makes the room feel cool and comfortable. The opposite walls features pictures and plates with vintage European designs. The kitchen has an elegant pantry designed for easy dining and food preparation.

The room is vibrant with a strong artistry at work. The TV sits on a mock up fireplace. LED lights give a romantic mood during the nighttime.
With a convertible sofa bed, this workspace also serves as a guest bedroom. Various types of decorative cloth highlight an Eastern flavor. Lighting under the sofa keeps things interesting.

The red wall and ceiling contrast strikingly with the wrought-metal Arab-style partitioning that sets the space off from the living room. There is a set of coffee table and black chairs imported from India. A sofa of bright navy blue is set on an Arabian rug, whose gray matches the wall color. The TV stands on a chic piece of shelving built into the wall to mimic a fireplace.

A built-in cabinet with a fold-down desk. Cabinets are draped with metal mesh and pleated cloth, striking the right balance between hard and soft materials.
A built-in cabinet with a fold-down desk. Cabinets are draped with metal mesh and pleated cloth, striking the right balance between hard and soft materials.

Made for a romantic mood, the dark-colored ceiling is fitted with recessed LED lights that seem sparkling like stars at night. Next to the corner is one of the owner’s favorite places — the workroom that doubles as a guest accommodation. The walls are painted green, contrasting with purple curtains to bring out beautiful textures when sunlight enters. Arabian fabrics are seen in sofa covering, pillowslips, the carpet, and the silk cloth that covers the wall behind the built-in bookshelf. These intriguing touches are the signature of the designer.

A connecting walkway features black granite flooring with a gold trim. It is designed to match the mysterious-looking ceiling in black.
A connecting walkway features black granite flooring with a gold trim. It is designed to match the mysterious-looking ceiling in black.

The bedroom features the most straightforward décor. Relaxing white walls pair with parquet flooring and a large window that allows plenty of natural light. Yong puts his signature details everywhere, especially the black Italian lacework that is drawn tight against the glass pane, separating the bed from the living room, while letting the light through.

A clear glass wall sits behind the headboard. Black-dyed lace allows light to shine through. The ceiling comes in black adorned with LED lights.
A clear glass wall sits behind the headboard. Black-dyed lace allows light to shine through. The ceiling comes in black adorned with LED lights.

Excitements add spice to life, but make sure it’s to your liking. The same applies to this homeowner, who has  ventured into the exotic territory. The vibrant style may be unfamiliar to many of us, but for him the enthusiasm is worth it.

The bedroom's parquet flooring is set in the fishbone pattern. Wall décor makes for a strong contemporary style consisting of framed pictures, beautiful hangings, and movie posters of various origins.
The bedroom’s parquet flooring is set in the fishbone pattern. Wall décor makes for a strong contemporary style consisting of framed pictures, beautiful hangings, and movie posters of various origins.
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.

 

From Traditional Concept to Modern Contemporary House

From Traditional Concept to Modern Contemporary House

Good ventilation, the core concept of traditional Thai housing, is adapted for the modern age in this contemporary house.

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Story: Supachart Boontang, Naruwat Plaimee /// Photos: Sitthisak Namkham /// Style: Pakhawadee Pahulo /// Architecture and Interior Design: Lynk Architect by Ekalak Sathaphonthanaphat

From the outside it looks slick and contemporary, but this building has the heart and soul of a true Thai house.
From the outside it looks slick and contemporary, but this building has the heart and soul of a true Thai house.
The continuing space from the first floor to the hallway on the second floor is wide and airy. Views of the first floor can be seen from a wide-angle perspective.
The continuing space from the first floor to the hallway on the second floor is wide and airy. Views of the first floor can be seen from a wide-angle perspective.
To fit the unusual shape of the building and glass walls on two sides, furniture in this fashionable high-ceilinged reception parlor is positioned diagonally. /// A colorful painting with chic graphic patterns adds panache to a light-colored room, brightening up the straightforward house design.
To fit the unusual shape of the building and glass walls on two sides, furniture in this fashionable high-ceilinged reception parlor is positioned diagonally. /// A colorful painting with chic graphic patterns adds panache to a light-colored room, brightening up the straightforward house design.

The owner has been living in this house with his father and mother since he was young. Now he has a wife and kids, and it’s become too cramped to hold all of them. But instead of moving elsewhere, he and his wife built a new place where there used to be a garden right next to the old house.

The new design connects the two homes both inside and out, so family members can easily take part in common activities. This modern living concept is actually not a new one, but arose out of the structure and functionality of traditional Thai houses of earlier times.

 

Reception parlor following the traditional Thai ‘Sala’ concept. A large glass wall opens wide to the natural world of plants and trees outside. /// The bathroom design has uniquely stylish lines.
Reception parlor following the traditional Thai ‘Sala’ concept. A large glass wall opens wide to the natural world of plants and trees outside. /// The bathroom design has uniquely stylish lines.

 

A staircase runs along the wall of the entryway. The high ceiling creates a relaxing visual effect.
A staircase runs along the wall of the entryway. The high ceiling creates a relaxing visual effect.
The living room on the second floor has a large window with a view of the old house.
The living room on the second floor has a large window with a view of the old house.

 

The house extends out above the outdoor family area while requiring only minimal support posts.
The house extends out above the outdoor family area while requiring only minimal
support posts.

The dining room and living room are similar to an open Sala in a traditional Thai house. Rooms are connected through a large wooden balcony. Both buildings share a main entryway, a carport and a service area.

Inside there are lots of windows, for good ventilation. Beautiful large trees such as black afara are planted all about to provide shade. Excellent landscape architecture components such as ponds, a rock garden, and paths paved with flagstones are added for a relaxing mood.

This contemporary house is an example of how a residence you love can be expanded and transformed beyond its limitations into a bigger house. As this family has discovered, you don’t always have to abandon the old ways to find happiness.

Pantry in the middle of the house, a nice place for family members to sit and talk.
Pantry in the middle of the house, a nice place for family members to sit and talk.
Trees and shrubs planted outside the bedroom give a nice view and enhance privacy.
Trees and shrubs planted outside the bedroom give a nice view and enhance privacy.
To make good use of daylight, a small skylight has been cut in the top floor bathroom. /// The main staircase projects out from the wall. Light cream-colored genuine wood paneling and a clear glass railing makes the stair look light, as if floating.
To make good use of daylight, a small skylight has been cut in the top floor bathroom. /// The main staircase projects out from the wall. Light cream-colored genuine wood paneling and a clear glass railing makes the stair look light, as if floating.

 

A Box-shaped Concrete House in Vietnam

A Box-shaped Concrete House in Vietnam

Since its opening, an unusual cluster of five box-shaped buildings of different heights conceived by the Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been a wondrous sight for lovers of architecture.

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Story: skiixy /// Photos: Hiroyuki Oki /// Designer: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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The varying heights enable residents to view nature from various angles. Ona roof it is easier to water the trees planted up so high.
The varying heights enable residents to view nature from various angles. On a roof it is easier to water the trees planted up so high.

These buildings are actually tree planter boxes set up to make a house for a small family. Besides catching the attention of passersby with trees popping up from rooftops, this clever design also won numerous awards in 2014, including the Ashui Award and a world-class award from Architectural Review.

The land was once used for a factory. Though the factory was demolished, it remains close to the hearts of the owners/family members, which is why they wanted to build the house here. Due to environmental limitations such as a small alleyway for an entrance, an asymmetrical plot, and a lack of greenery, the owners decided to create a courtyard surrounded with gigantic plant containers. In this way family members, and even nearby neighbors, can live close to nature.

To go between rooms, you need to first step outdoors. This is the architect’s concept: bring people a step closer to nature so they directly interact with the environment.
To go between rooms, you need to first step outdoors. This is the architect’s concept: bring people a step closer to nature so they directly interact with the environment.

Another impetus for the unique design involves the owners’ 50-year-old father. To provide some relief for his depressive disorder, the designer team divided the house interior into five sections. To move from one room to another, the father and other family members have to walk outside. Lush trees, gentle breeze, birdsong, and friendly neighbors can be good mental therapy.

Each house section can be seen from inside another part of the“box house.” This encourages a novel pattern of communication which maintains privacy for both people inside and out.
Each house section can be seen from inside another part of the“box house.” This encourages a novel pattern of communication which maintains privacy for both people inside and out.

“The five buildings are inspired by plant containers, making this place like a compact oasis in a residential area. In various alignments with neighboring walls, each building acts as a house divider. Post-construction, the owners now get to view interesting effects created by the various angles. Each building reflects sunlight to create varying tones and shades all day long.”

Walls are the primary features of each building. An interesting exterior surface is created by bamboo pressed on concrete walls with a technique relying on the skills of bamboo artisans. Not only bearing the entire weight of each box-shaped building, the walls also support heavily water-absorbent rooftop soil. Normal topsoil is only 30 centimeters deep, but this extra-thick earth is 1 meter deep, more suitable for a large standing tree. The design was developed in consideration of Ho Chi Minh City’s typical flooding.

The exterior wall texture is created during construction by pressing bamboo poles into a wet concrete surface. Each poleis thicker at the base and tapers to a smaller diameter at the top, so they are placed in alternate directions for good balance.[
The exterior wall texture is created during construction by pressing bamboo poles into a wet concrete surface. Each pole is thicker at the base and tapers to a smaller diameter at the top, so they are placed in alternate directions for good balance.[
As expected, the tree boxes have been successful in cheering up the depressive father, and even more, this architectural design uses nature to the benefit of both people and nature itself, helping them to live together in harmony.

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Morrissey: Hip Hotel in Jakarta

Morrissey: Hip Hotel in Jakarta

For a traveler, what could be better than a nice hotel in the heart of the city? Pick a hotel with a relaxing atmosphere and good design. If your destination is Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, the Morrissey hip hotel is the one and only right choice to choose.

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Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photos: Soopakorn Srisakul

The Morrissey reception area features modern cubic architecture and a restaurant serving brunch meals.
The Morrissey reception area features modern cubic architecture and a restaurant serving brunch meals.

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Designed for high quality accommodations, the Morrissey features a gorgeous mix of Jakarta’s urban tropical ambience and ultramodern architecture. There is a hint of Industrial Loft design that comes with high ceilings, plenty of wall openings, and abundant natural light. Naked concrete finishes alternating with brick painted white, and dark-colored wood floors provide a welcome contrast between stylishly chic design and natural rawness.

The Morrissey interior becomes an enchanting, well-lighted place by night, thanks to beautiful lighting effects and natural textured finishes. /// The rooftop garden features a perfect escape for those seeking a little peace and quiet, in which to read or just sit back and relax.
The Morrissey interior becomes an enchanting, well-lighted place by night, thanks to beautiful lighting effects and natural textured finishes. /// The rooftop garden features a perfect escape for those seeking a little peace and quiet, in which to read or just sit back and relax.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to interesting attractions throughout Jakarta’s CBD. The famed Museum Nasional Indonesia is less than two kilometers away, while the fashionable shopping mall Plaza Indonesia, aka “P.I.” is roughly a kilometer or 7 minutes if you prefer going by train.

Cozy Resident's Lounge looks out over the lap pool with panoramic views of the city skyline stretching farther than the eye can see.
Cozy Resident’s Lounge looks out over the lap pool with panoramic views of the city skyline stretching farther than the eye can see.

If a journey back in time is for you, know that the Old Djakarta Theater, the Jalan Surabaya Antique Market, and the Taman Ismali Marzuki Cultural Center are easily accessible from the Morrissey. It’s a good idea to walk to these great attractions. It only takes about ten minutes. Having been to all of them, we had the most fun exploring the city on foot.

Besides excellent service and upscale accommodations, the Morrissey is also known for Italian cuisine as well as local and fusion foods. Drop into the Ocha & Bella restaurant to find out. Open kitchen design lets you see chefs at work preparing meals right before your eyes.
Besides excellent service and upscale accommodations, the Morrissey is also known for Italian cuisine as well as local and fusion foods. Drop into the Ocha & Bella restaurant to find out. Open kitchen design lets you see chefs at work preparing meals right before your eyes.

Along the way, take your time to experience the Indonesian versions of street food similar to the ready-to-eat meals ubiquitous throughout Asian. Highly recommended is Nasi goring, the Indonesian version of fried rice. Buy a set from the street vendor and have it cooked to order right on the spot. Another not-to-be-missed dish is Satay, especially Goat Satay. It smells good and tastes like heaven.

In case you have had a long day, the Morrissey offers plenty of cozy spots in which to relax and unwind. The Sky Lobby offers a vantage point to take in panoramic views of Jakarta city skyline. If fitness is for you, go to the swimming pool, or burn calories and build muscle on the treadmill. Take your pick. A full array of gym equipment is available onsite.

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The Morrissey reception area is also home to a lobby café. Most outstanding is the architectural design that is strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, the icon of Modernism.

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Large window frames the view of Jakarta city skyline. Simple décor belies the comfy and warm atmosphere. Natural textured finishes, no-fuss ceilings, and painted brickwork add a touch of Industrial Loft to “Double Volume” Room.

Fueled by tropical inspirations, guest rooms at the Morrissey showcase textured concrete finishes and brickwork in relaxing shades of white. Simple, clean design leaves plenty of room for wall openings. Frameless glass doors and panels allow abundant natural light. Such inspiring Modern Tropical details can be applied to many parts of your home.

The Seminar Room with an information center is at your service on the mezzanine.
The Seminar Room with an information center is at your service on the mezzanine.
Workspace on the first floor of “Double Volume” Room consists of a desk-cum-dining-table, a sofa and coffee table. Furniture varies from one room to another. But every piece is representative of the Industrial Era. Chairs in this photo are the Tolix Model A designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934.
Workspace on the first floor of “Double Volume” Room consists of a desk-cum-dining-table, a sofa and coffee table. Furniture varies from one room to another. But every piece is representative of the Industrial Era. Chairs in this photo are the Tolix Model A designed by Xavier Pauchard in 1934.

Link: http://iammorrissey.com

10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

Airbnb.com is not only Bed & Breakfast budget room. Take a peek with us and book a night (or more) in these wonderful Airbnb accommodations for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy your holidays!

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– Bamboo Eco Cottage in a Paddy Field / Indonesia –

Only five minutes away from central Ubud stands a woven bamboo house, where nature lovers can fully enjoy a night next to a rice paddy field. The room comes with an outdoor living area and an open-roof bathroom. This is truly a secluded home to relax away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/744971



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– Stunning Bamboo House by the River / Indonesia –

The title says it all. This Airbnb’s top-picked property is the most favorite among celebrities from around the world. Nestled on the bank of the Ayung River, the whole-bamboo house offers three double-bed bedrooms with en-suite baths, kitchen, lounge, plunge pool, a workspace on the fourth floor. What more could one ask for a perfect luxurious vacation in Bali?
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/798483


 

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– Superb Property for Movie Shoot or Corporate Event / Singapore –

It’s not common to see a house in Singapore. However, among skyscrapers and high-rise condominiums, there is this large colonial-accent house with a 1-hectare park and a swimming pool available for rent. With a capacity of up to 50 guests, you can even throw an exclusive gala new year here (as long as you keep the noise down as the host requested.)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9815599


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– House with a Pool on the Mekong / Laos –

The French-Laos colonial house offers a beautiful view of the serene Mekong River and the smaller Nam Dong River. The design is simple yet elegant. It features three large bedrooms with en-suite baths, a living room and terraces. Its private infinity pool parallel to the Mekong River is a nice spot to watch the sunrise and sunset with Mekong as a background.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3939934


 

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– Kiridara Villa Ban Visoun / Laos –

The lovely villa is a part of Kiridara Hotel in Luang Prabang, which ensures you a superior hospitality. The 2-bedroom villa is of contemporary Lao style. With historical sites and a local village nearby, guests have a chance to experience the authentic local way of life.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6941851



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– Studio P I L A; Loft, Comfy Designer’s Home / Thailand –

This loft townhouse in Bangkok also doubles as a studio of a fashion designer. So, a pleasant stay with a trendy and chic host is guaranteed. The hose offers a second floor on the 4-storey building for guests, while the first floor is a reception area and the designer himself lives on the third floor.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16156713


 

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– The Mustang Nero / Room No.4 the Horse / Thailand –

This could be one of the most exotic rooms to stay in Bangkok. The building itself is a renovated shop-house. The host cleverly turned The Horse room into a raw, rustic accommodation with a big tree in the middle of it, vintage furnishings and artsy taxidermies. It may not suit guests with fainted hearts, but it is surely impressive.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5964843?s=AP3-gjiJ


 

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– The Naked House / Thailand –

The stilt-floor plan house on Samui Island takes advantage of the location for a full panoramic ocean view and fresh natural air. The house takes up to 11 people and also has a saltwater lap pool surrounded by nature. According to a guest’s comment, the real building looks even better than the photos. To prove the statement, book the place and see it for yourself.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3251026?s=u5f8pJAd


 

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– Tropical Paradise Tree House – Famous Homestay / Vietnam –

Supported by only one pillar, just like the historical One Pillar Pagoda, this unique homestay in Hanoi is a tree house where you can actually sleep in. The house is elevated 4 meters from the ground. Contrary to its out worldly tribal-like decoration, the place is equipped with wi-fi and air-conditioning machine for guests’ convenience.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13470326?s=0AaPdxBC


 

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– Charming Villa in Hoi An / Vietnam –

Travel back in time through a stay in this ancient house. The traditional Chinese-influenced wooden house features two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, one master bedroom, one living room and a swimming pool. With an open-air layout, guests stay close to nature the same way people do in the old days.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1194406?s=RPHQC3ui

 

 

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