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10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

10 Modern Tropical Homes for Inspiration

Living ASEAN presents 10 modern tropical homes for an inspiration as we celebrate another year ending and a new one beginning. They focus on a beautiful blend of indoor and outdoor spaces that translates into stylish patios, cool verandas and courtyard tropical gardens. Plus, plenty of ideas to make your yard lush!

 

PEACEFUL, SHADY NORTHEASTERN THAI HOUSE


MODERN HOUSE AMID A COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE


 

VIETNAM TRADITIONAL BRICK HOUSE


 

QUIET INTERACTION OF NATURE AND ARCHITECTURE


 

LOCAL THAI HOUSE IN A JAPANESE TRADITION


 

LOCAL, WITH A MODERN FLAVOR


 

A WHITE HOUSE MATCHING MODERN ARCHITECTURE TO ITS ENVIRONMENT


 

CANALSIDE “GARDEN HOUSE” FOR HAPPINESS


MODERN HOUSE WITH A THAI FLAVOR


SINGLE-STOREY HOUSE ON A FOUNDATION OF SIMPLICITY

 


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Fabrics with Style; Warm, Relaxing Tropical Elegance

Fabrics with Style; Warm, Relaxing Tropical Elegance

Modern tropical is one of decorating styles that have become popular across the country. It’s a style that takes into account the warm and humid climate characteristic of the Region. This is abundantly clear in the way tropical décor materials sourced directly from the locality are being put to good use in so many ways. They include wood that promotes relaxing and peaceful feelings, floating furniture crafted of natural materials, home décor accessories, and fabrics for furniture upholstery, throw pillows, and curtains in striking colors and textures. Their simple yet elegant appearances bespeak a cool, contemporary style that’s classic in its own special way, a style that’s quite capable of answering many decorating needs.

Polyester fabrics look their best not only in home furnishings and decorative accessories, but also in business establishments from hotels to retail shops, where not seriousness but a friendly, relaxing and pleasant manner is everything and everlasting. For that, there are polyester fabrics to suit every decorating need. Here are some of the qualities worth considering.

TYPES OF FABRIC

The Modern tropical style is well suited to the warm and humid climate typical of the Region’s highlands and seaside environments. Polyester fabrics come in handy as the material of choice for their ability to resist exposure to a range of weather conditions, from moisture to bacterial and fungal contamination. These unfavorable conditions can have negative effects on consumers. To avoid problems, polyester fabrics are recommended because they are made of plastic fibers that do not absorb moisture. Unlike natural fibers, polyester does not accumulate humidity, which reduces the chance of bacterial and fungal contamination in fabrics.

MOOD AND TONE

The tropical decorating style evokes the image of bright sunlight and cool temperatures that accompany every rainfall. That sounds like a first good impression that most people have. To create interior design that will ring the bell, materials that provide a decorative and textured surface are of great significance. That’s not all. Materials for furniture upholstery and curtains in complementing colors and design are important, too. Together, they combine to make the interior living space feel warm and welcoming. There are plenty of ways to match colors. Whether it’s visual harmony or outstanding visual contrast, the choice is yours.

FABRIC PROPERTIES

Humidity in the air is among factors contributing to fungal and bacterial growth. Hence, it makes perfect sense to go for polyester when it comes to interior decorating. Polyester is great for curtains, furniture upholstery, blankets and throw pillows. It’s undergone testing to prove its worth. Thanks to its many outstanding attributes, polyester has remained a popular material of choice in a variety of applications. Its benefits are not limited to just interior décor or furniture. Some polyester fabrics are capable of serving multiple purposes. For information about polyester usage, consult the product catalog and label that comes with the fabrics.

Polyester Material of Choice for Modern Tropical Décor

01 Design No. 9554/05: width 110″ (280 cm)

02 Design No. 8072/03: width 54″ (137 cm)

03 Design No. 3151/07: width 60″ (150 cm)

04 Design No. 10056/103: width 55″ (140 cm)

05 Design No. 10051/105: width 55″ (140 cm)

06 Design No. DANE/104: width 54″ (137 cm)

 

Note: 100% polyester fabrics are material of choice for curtains, throw pillows, and furniture upholstery.

Information and fabrics courtesy of: HOMEWORK FABRICS

 

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A Charming Brick House in Vietnam

A Charming Brick House in Vietnam

An attractive brick house in Vietnam’s Long An Province is the pride and joy of Tropical Space, a homegrown design studio specializing in mixing traditional Vietnamese brickwork with modern architectural styles.

/// Vietnam ///
Story: Nawapat, Nipapat Dusdul /// Photography: Oki Hiroyuki /// Design: Tropical Space

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Inspired by the beauty and durability of brick, Tropical Space recently built the innovatively designed home on 750 square meters of land. The sloped roof house plan combines three separate living spaces into one modern home with strong architectural language.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The result is a beautiful blend of the traditional and the modern. There’s something that never changes. Brick is used here because it’s inherently a Vietnamese material used in building construction, and it’s indigenous to the area.

At the same time, with a deep understanding of Vietnamese culture and climate, the architects at Tropical Space are committed to the use of environment-friendly building practices and sustainable material selection.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The brick house in Long An is designed for a warm and humid climate. To maximize ventilation efficiency, the architects divide the sloped roof into two parts and put a courtyard in between them. There are corridors connecting the two parts of the house. Meantime, perforated brick walls allow breezes to pass through and around the building.

Traditional Vietnamese design provides continuous functional spaces that stretch from the front to the back of the house. Boundaries between spaces are marked by the different quantity of light that varies from place to place. It’s a brilliant layout that keeps the interior living spaces cool all year round without air conditioning.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

The front yard floor is covered in brick pavers with holes capable of draining storm water fast and keeping ambient temperatures cool in summer. Next to the yard is a buffer space designed to create a beautifully transitional room from the yard to the living room, dining room and bedroom.

The kitchen is on the north side of the house plan along with other functions. It’s ideal for traditional Vietnamese cooking and offers very relaxing family rooms.

There are two bedrooms on the mezzanine with plenty of space for a quiet reading room and relaxation. The architects also put in stairs on both sides to easily connect with other areas inside and outside of the house. This not only gives the children a play area, but also enables them to move around unhindered by solid walls.

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

Vietnam Traditional Brick House

 

Link: khonggiannhietdoi.com

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Living ASEAN has selected our favorite houses in the ASEAN for 2017. Of course, all of them present practical solutions for living in the hot and humid climate of Southeast Asia, including a bamboo house in Thailand, a concrete block house in Thailand and a modern tropical house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Check them out!


THAILAND // A BAMBOO HOUSE EMBRACED BY NATURE

A bamboo house with contemporary appeal sits immersed in its natural surroundings. The home that’s also a medical clinic belongs to Nopharat Pitchanthuk MD, and his wife Kanyapak Silawatanawongse. Without question, his interest in the natural therapeutic concept is expressed in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the home office. The orthopedic doctor provides specialized care for the musculoskeletal system in the comfort of a peaceful country setting.

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Concrete Block House
THAILAND // CONCRETE BLOCK HOUSE

Intanon Chantip, INchan atelier architect and owner of this HUAMARK 09 building, designed it to test theories he’d arrived at through intense study and experience. He wanted the architecture to tell its own story through the charm of materials that change over time. Intanon and his wife Tharisra Chantip bought this a 30-year-old, 80 square wa (.8 acres) property in the Hua Mark district, demolishing the old house to erect a new four-storey mixed-use building with usable space of 490 square meters and combine office, residence, and art studio.

Read more: http://livingasean.com/house/concrete-block-house/

 


VIETNAM // MODERN TROPICAL HOUSE IN HO CHI MINH CITY

The architecture of this modern tropical house in Ho Chi Minh City is perfectly suited to the hot, humid climate, with an imaginative counterpoint of plants, greenery, and airy openings keeping it shady and pleasant inside and out.

Read more: http://livingasean.com/house/modern-tropical-house/

 

Waterside Home
THAILAND // WATERSIDE HOME

This waterside tropical house brings back memories of Thai life as it was along Khlong Samsen in bygone times. From outside it looks straightforward and contemporary, but inside is a fascinating mix of antiques from the owners’ collections.

Read more: http://livingasean.com/house/waterside-home/

 

Wooden Thai House in the Lanna Tradition
THAILAND // WOODEN THAI HOUSE IN THE LANNA TRADITION

This Lanna Thai house of wood is built based on ancient local traditions. It has a simple, relaxed, and open look. Natural breezes blow all day long through its exquisite form, full of the charm of conservation-friendly Lanna craftsmanship.

Read more: http://livingasean.com/house/wooden-thai-house-in-the-lanna-tradition/

 

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MALAYSIA // BOX-SHAPED HOUSE WITH THE TEXTURE OF MEMORY

This box-shaped house uses architecture, architectural elements, and coordinated interior design to tell stories of the present and the past. The house is located in the Petalang Jaya district of Selangor, Malaysia. This is a district of single homes, but with little space to put up a large house. Still, architect Dr. Tan Loke Mun rose to the challenge of house owner Kenneth Koh and tore down the former structure here to build a new 3-storey home in its place.

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Living with Cats in a Beautiful House
MALAYSIA // LIVING WITH CATS IN A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE

Ever wonder why this is a dream house for kind pet owners and their feline companions?.

“I live with my wife and our seven cats in this house,” said Chan Mun Inn of Design Collective Architects (DCA). “There used to be only four, but I adopted more cats. So I ended up with seven of them. They were the reason that we left our old apartment and built a new home in the suburb.”

Read more: http://livingasean.com/house/living-with-cats-beautiful-house/

 

Brick house For a Tropical Climate
VIETNAM // BRICK HOUSE FOR A TROPICAL CLIMATE

This rectangular brick home in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is designed for “hot and humid,” open to natural light and cool from air currents constantly streaming in and out through the bricks. Mr. Tung Do and Mrs. Lien Dinh, the owners here, are newlyweds who wanted a small house with a straightforward design for pleasant living. They had seen Tropical Space’s “Termitary House,” which won, among others, a 2016 Brick Award, and admired its form and design so much that – even with their limited budget – they engaged the Company to design and build their own home.

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Box-Shaped House with a Tropical Style Garden
THAILAND // BOX-SHAPED HOUSE WITH A TROPICAL STYLE GARDEN

Box-shaped design highlights a perfect blend of form and function, plus an exotic Tropical style garden. The result: A lovable livable home with a panoramic view from the bedroom.

“This house was not built to be photogenic,” said Patchara Wongboonsin, architect at POAR, when asked about his outstanding design. The 350-square-meter, modern cube-shaped house took two years in the making.

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Modern House in a Forest Setting
THAILAND // MODERN HOUSE IN A FOREST SETTING

The architect uses clever techniques to make this modern house look like it’s crafted entirely of wood. When her family wanted to build a new house in Thailand’s Northeast, Kanika Ratanapridakul was assigned the task of project architect. It was the first time she had to work directly with local builders and suppliers. Things didn’t go as smooth as planned, but the mission was accomplished – eventually. The key to success lay in being a bit more flexible to ensure things got done right and on schedule.

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Modern Tropical Home in Indonesia

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Everything about this modern home presents a perfect example of tropical residential architecture. Check this out.

/// Indonesia ///

Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photo: Soopakorn  Sriskul /// Designer: Andra Matin

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Andra Matin, the homeowner and designer of AM House, greeted us with a smile in his spacious multi-purposed room dominated by a solid-wooden long table. His tropical modern home was made of concrete, its unique stilt structures was outstanding. These elements intrigue us to hear what he had to say about the house.

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The living room on the second floor is visible from the street. Patches of greenery provide a camouflage for privacy

According to Matin, this state-of-the-art work took five years to finish. “I began building this house in 2008, starting out with cube-shaped design. As construction was underway, more details were added. By slowly and gradually building the house, I had time to consider best option for our family.”

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The pathway glides past a pond to the second floor. The entire ramp is paved with strips of timber set at half-inch intervals.
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A wood deck extends from the multi-purpose space.

Matin is widely known for his attention to details. Ranking among the top-rated architects who is responsible for pioneering modern tropical design projects across Indonesia. When it comes to designing a house to suit hot and humid climate, he relied mostly on nature and a clever floor plan. There are only two air-conditioning machines in the house. One is located in the basement bathroom, to control the humidity. And the other is on the top-floor bedroom.

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The multi-purpose room on the second floor is easily adaptable. The design is in accordance with tropical climates.
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The cooking station is built into the tabletop. An oven and a nearby refrigerator are disguised by Ulin, Indonesia native timber.
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The staircase is protected by a screen of vertical strips that double as a handrail.

“I have always been interested in spatial relationships rather that the form per se.” Matin mention his interest which he adopted to his works and the designing of his home.

“Good design is the one that takes ‘Spatial Relationships.’ into account. It looks into all kinds of activity that will take place within, and not just the room hemmed in by four walls. In reality, there exists an in-between space that subtly tells one room apart from the next, be it sitting or sleeping, walking or standing. After that, we look for the form or configuration that best fits in with those spaces, the climate, and ways of living.”

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The spiral staircase leads to a spacious bathroom with a walk-in closet. A shower area and a bathtub lie under a skylight.
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A small lodge in the backyard is Matin’s favorite hideout spot.
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The third-floor living space is adequately lit by natural light via the skylight right. On one side, floor-to-ceiling windows allow soft, diffused light in. During the day, there’s no need for an artificial light.

Matin sourced materials locally. This is not only to support the locals, Matin believe local artisans knows their stuff. “Local builders have insight know-hows and skills. These materials weren’t hard to find and savvy,” said Matin 

Apart from architecture, Matin also has a strong passion for travel. Hence, this house is full of fun gimmicks to make walking from room to room like an exciting adventure. The entrance is through the hill. Followed by a lounge area with a spiral staircase as a shortcut to a rooftop on one side and a tilted floor leading to a small lodge. A children room is also accessible through the lodge. A working space on the ground floor also has a backdoor hidden behind a bookshelf. The endless wonder in this modern tropical home is indeed no less than Peter Pan’s Neverland.

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The sloping lawn that covers the rooftop gradually descends and ends up on top of the bedroom window.

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The horizontal opening in the wall allows just enough natural light inside. The design is to avoid strong tropical sunlight.

 

link: http://www.andramatin.com/

 

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/

Home Renovation / 27 SQ.M. Row House Project in Vietnam

Home Renovation / 27 SQ.M. Row House Project in Vietnam

A lot of work and research were invested to this home renovation project. The big question is; how to make the compact house looks wider.

/// Vietnam /// 

Architect: A21 Studio /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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Home renovation: The project is accomplished without any concrete construction. The new second floor rests on cylindrical steel posts instead of big cement pillars.

Like most residential buildings in Vietnam, “3 x 9 House” was renovated from an old shophouse. It has only few windows and solid brick walls was making the building look dimmed. A bold move was needed to change both the building and lifted up the mood for the residents.

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The 3×9 meters house has become a point of interest  by integrating natural features.

As land prices in Vietnam continue to rise up every year, finding a new home may seem like a formidable task. So the owner thinks it wise to invest in renovating his existing home. He reaches out to A21 Studio, for their reputations include turning small homes into nice, uncluttered, and environment-friendly living spaces.

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Clay tiles are placed inversely on the entire interior walls to create stripe pattern and unique touch.

A tree grows up through an opening greets visitor from the entryway. The skylight roof illuminates the interior spaces and enables light to reach to the tree.

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The steel structures roof is equipped with a sliding skylight. This effectively illuminates interior spaces and allows the tree to keep on thriving.

Breezy wind is able to flow through the front door and flow throughout the house, including the rear section, the second floor and the translucent sliding panel on the rooftop. Flanked by three-story houses on both sides, the house is exposed to sunlight only during mid-day. So, no air-conditioning machine is needed.

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A skylight illuminates the bedroom space. Giving it a neat, organic appearance.
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The bedroom has a low-rise platform and a mattress. The absence of room dividers gives the area an open, airy, and uncluttered appearance.
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An open kitchen is designed to eliminate smoke and unpleasant smell via the window on the top.

The interior avoids the use of a divider, the only exception is a bathroom. The ground floor comprises of a sitting area, a dining area and a kitchen; all connected. A bedroom and a leisure area are rested upstairs. Since the owner lives alone, room dividers are of no use. Thus, the main idea of this home renovation is to focus on openings and improving its ventilation system instead.

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A colorful mix of tiles are reminiscent of vernacular architecture.

link: http://www.a21studio.com.vn/

4 Small House Units in Tranquil Tropical Living

4 Small House Units in Tranquil Tropical Living

“Saving every tree on the property” is the motto from the owner. Studio Miti designed tropical houses that blend in with the forest. As the architecture is the fusion of modern and traditional Thai tropical living style.

 /// Thailand /// 

Architect: Studio Miti, by Prakij Kanha /// Story : Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photos : Damrong Leeviroj, Xaroj Phrawong

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The house-on-stilts design allows nature to permeate and ensures good air circulation. Plenty of under-floor spaces allow small vegetation to thrive.

At a glance, they conjure up images of little houses in the big woods. Four beautiful and tranquil homes are nestled in a surrounding forestland of northwestern Uthai Thani. The resort hotel is the brainchild of Chantita and Paisan Kusonwatthan. The owners started re-growing and restoring the area some thirty years ago. Later when development began in earnest in 1996, the area was meant to be their retirement home. Through hard work and dedication, the property grew to become a lush woodland full of vitality. It gave rise to the idea of opening it to the public. Now the post-retirement project becomes a hotel, appropriately named “Bansuan Chantita.” Bansuan is Thai for garden home.

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Prakij Kanha of Studio Miti explains: “First and foremost, we set out to save every tree on the property. It is our duty and responsibility to find common ground between nature and architecture.” The architect took great pains to measure every space among the trees. The average area was then used as the basis for designing homes on the property. Only after that did he begin work on the design concept. It took the form of a “plus” symbol.

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The tropical living house design and remain Thai lifestyle by design terrace in front of the house.

“The plus symbol plans fit in well amongst the trees. The result was perfect harmony between architecture and the existing natural environment. The design scheme was about putting together five rooms, all of which are easily accessible from the central court. The four homes come complete with wood decks, seating spaces, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The house-on-stilts design keeps them elevated from the forest floor. Each home is set at a different level to promote good air circulation through the hotel property. It is the different level design that creates an enchanting aesthetic.”

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All living spaces are designed to be proportionate with one another in size, amount, and frequency of use. Different spaces are designed with different needs in mind.

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The design scheme calls for the four units to be conveniently linked by a system of wood passageways winding through the lush botanical garden setting. From the outside in, the resort hotel looks and feels like it is an inextricable part of the forest in the backdrop. By emulating the Thai-style design, the architect ensures that no space goes to waste. Small vegetation thrives on the forest floor below. Crisp, cool breezes are ever present, and nature permeates everywhere.

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Inspired by the Thai-style house design, the wood deck provides a lot of nature at the doorsteps and easy access to all parts of the hotel.

The house exterior walls and outdoor decks are made of recycled wood. The preference was based on two reasons. First, it was a smart move because the price was right. Second, it creates a warm and enchanting atmosphere in the midst of nature. Recycled wood still shows sign of use, while painted surfaces in a variety of colors serve as camouflage clothing that blends in with the surroundings.

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The owners, Paisan and Chantita, on the wood deck of their little homes in the big tropical  woods

Somehow it is the roofing made of steel sheets that often go unnoticed. Asked why he chose steel over other roofing materials, he said: “If boats made of steel can float on water, likewise roofs crafted of steel can effectively keep the weather out. Steel construction is expedient especially where roofing is composed of multiple parts. Such is the case here.”  7

What makes these tropical houses stand out is the understanding of nature and the knowledge to incorporate it into the design scheme. The garden paradise is an escape into nature.

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link: http://www.studiomiti.com/

Living In Symbiosis

Living In Symbiosis

The nature and the residents are mutually benefited from the symbiosis design.  

/// Thailand ///

Architect: Thitiwoot Chaisawataree /// Photo: Sitthisak Namkham

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Materials chosen for this new house are mostly recycled. Steel structures make it possible to build fast, which fits in very well with the Dry Process approach.

The owner is an architect and professor of architecture at Kasetsart University. He has this to share with us: “Mom and Dad wanted to remake the storage building at the rear of their home into a relax room capable of accommodating visiting friends and relatives. The renovation plan called for dismantling parts of the building that were not needed, including window frames and steel barriers. The plan also envisaged reusing materials left over from previous projects, such as hollow cement blocks, glazed tiles, electric switches and power outlets, paint, cast iron ornaments, spiral staircases, and steel rod fences. That was how this house came into existence.

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The space under the house is airy and well ventilated. A bench is made simply by placing large pieces of wood on H-shaped steel frames.

The Modern style house is a part of his childhood home. To reduce humidity and promote air circulation, the floorboard is raised up from the ground as a house on stilts. Hardwood Flooring materials are rare. The owner bought them used and had kept them for eight years. The rare plants came 20 inches wide, 2 inches thick, and 5 meters long. The plan dictated that none of them could be cut. The good thing about old wood is low humidity and less susceptibility to insect attacks as well.

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Lightweight building materials are used because the newly remodeled home rests on the old foundation that has long been there originally. Using old piles that are short and can carry less weight.
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The master bedroom features an array of functions, from workspace to sitting room to a relax corner.

“The sitting area is quite airy, despite lower-than- normal ceilings, about 2.30 meters. Thai style homes are about creating living spaces that are well connected with the environment rather than adding decorative details. That said, a box-shaped house can be remade to benefit from such design ideas.” The second floor, accessible via a stairway that lies outside of the first-floor hallway, consists of a bedroom, sitting room, workspace, and bathroom.”

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Old wood planks are reused in constructing the floorboard on the first level. Moveable furniture makes it easy to change and satisfy any requirement.

Commenting on urban homes, the owner says:

“I notice that nowadays we are facing many limitations in trying to incorporate the environment as an integral part of home design. Somehow we have moved away from nature, and in the process become more energy dependent for all kinds of things, such as air conditioning and heat shielding.”

“We appear to be more interested in aesthetics of the exteriors than reaping the full benefits from a good design that protects us from the elements. After a while, as we discover the house is ill-suited to our needs, we resort to adding more living spaces. Plans that are not well thought out may result in unsightly appearances.”

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Orange contrasting with black adds a lot of life to interior spaces. /// Walls crafted of hollow cement blocks make for good air circulation.

“Homes suitable for the Thai lifestyle should be ones that effectively respond to the needs of residents. Functional areas should be flexible and conducive to future add-ons if need be. Meantime, the kind of hot and humid weather in Thailand should be taken into account when designing a home. A comfy interior comes from a good design that stands in symbiosis with the natural surroundings. Well-thought out floor plans promote good air circulation, protect against the elements, and it is a good idea to avoid materials that hold excessive amounts of heat.”

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Interior spaces after rain evoke images of the Thai style house of olden days.

link: http://www.greensolutionhouse.dk/symbiosis/?lang=en

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.

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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/

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