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White and Bright / A Glowing White Home

White and Bright / A Glowing White Home

The most striking thing about this home is its whiteness; but it takes a special technique to create dimension and make the white truly glow.

/// Thailand ///
Story: Sara /// Photos: Jirasak, Damrong, Ketsiri /// Style: Praphaiwadee /// Design: Anantapha Thongthawat, Anan Interior Architect

The dining table is topped with white marble, which is easy to clean. Decorative branches painted white give the sense of sitting under a tree.
The dining table is topped with white marble, which is easy to clean. Decorative branches painted white give the sense of sitting under a tree.
The standout feature in this room is a modern adaptation. The set of a hundred lights hanging by short stems from the ceiling complements the exquisite white sofa set and flawless acrylic furniture.
The standout feature in this room is a modern adaptation. The set of a hundred lights hanging by short stems from the ceiling complements the exquisite white sofa set and flawless acrylic furniture.

There is a white home tucked away inside a condominium in the heart of Bangkok. It’s luxurious, yet feels as easygoing and welcoming as if we were visiting a single house with a yard. But here, as far as the eye can see, are views of this great city.

Anantapha Thongthawat, who designed the 180-square-meter suite, told us how it came about. “To get the result the owner was looking for, I had to combine distinctly different stylistic concepts: Asian ornamentation, minimalist simplification, and modernity, and give each room a distinct character.”

To the owner, nothing compares to his favorite color. White of many shades was used on floor, ceiling, furniture, and ornamentation, all done for his satisfaction. “I like pure white” he says. “It looks straightforward, clean, comfortable. In a clean, white room I can feel truly relaxed.”

According to what some believe, the placement of acrylic “earthen” jars will make the homeowner a money magnet. On the wall hangs a painted picture canvas entitled “Money Comes,” another charm to induce riches to come pouring in.
According to what some believe, the placement of acrylic “earthen” jars will make the homeowner a money magnet. On the wall hangs a painted picture canvas entitled “Money Comes,” another charm to induce riches to come pouring in.
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Artificial rattan chairs and wooden stools along the edge of the porch and a floor paved with river pebbles creates a refreshing atmosphere, enhanced with an aquarium visible both from inside and outside.

Stepping out of his personal elevator, we walk into the central part of the house passing a parlor/reception area, a desk, and a dining area. All three rooms are directly connected. The concept came from the functionality of the porch in a traditional Thai house. A main walkway connects everything.

From here you can access all the other areas, entering them through sliding doors suspended by rails set above, so that one space flows easily into another. For a practical use, the maid’s quarters are set close to the service area. There’s efficient division of space everywhere.

The large main room with a modern look is arranged with chic finesse. The table and acrylic counter parallel each other, with plenty of space left between for good functionality. Planter boxes filled with white pebbles hold upright large branches resembling trees.

The long continuum of the main room connects to every space in the home. The use of clear acrylic planter boxes is an intriguing artifice. The mango branches are painted white. The space was inspired by Thai house verandahs, which make room for shade trees to grow through.
The long continuum of the main room connects to every space in the home. The use of clear acrylic planter boxes is an intriguing artifice. The mango branches are painted white. The space was inspired by Thai house verandahs, which make room for shade trees to grow through.
A mix of modern and oriental styles: The counter’s marble surface matches the dining table. Hanging lamps are tied to a white steel frame.
A mix of modern and oriental styles: The counter’s marble surface matches the dining table. Hanging lamps are tied to a white steel frame.
Dimension is created with varying shades of white, from clear white to cloudy white to dark white
Dimension is created with varying shades of white, from clear white to cloudy white to dark white.

From any perspective, the whites create a sense of deep order and a startling beauty in this home. We can say without reservation that we’ve fallen under their spell. Have the charms of whiteness begun to work their way with you yet?

The master bedroom is spacious and simply furnished. Here the inspiration came from a Chinese-style bed. Lines are reduced to simplicity, suggesting Eastern influence, as well. Handmade lamps are made from white yarn, a chic artistry that gave the room the name “the Chinese bedroom.”
The master bedroom is spacious and simply furnished. Here the inspiration came from a Chinese-style bed. Lines are reduced to simplicity, suggesting Eastern influence, as well. Handmade lamps are made from white yarn, a chic artistry that gave the room the name “the Chinese bedroom.”
“The Japanese bedroom” is a mix of Eastern influence and a tidy, pleasing contemporaneity. The bed is at a raised level, giving the feeling that the mattress sits directly on the floor.
“The Japanese bedroom” is a mix of Eastern influence and a tidy, pleasing contemporaneity.
The bed is at a raised level, giving the feeling that the mattress sits directly on the floor.
House Around a Tree

House Around a Tree

Not many places make us feel comfortable every time we visit. It’s wonderful when a person’s own home is like that. “House around a tree” at Baan Rai Thaw Si in the fresh mountain air of Pak Chong, Korat.

/// Thailand ///

Story: Wutthikon Sutthiapha /// Photography: Suphakon Srisakun /// Design: Sook Architects

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The house around the tree : An airy, open view from outside: Glass exterior and angled second floor makes the house appear lighter.

Pui became attached to Baan Rai Thaw Si when her mother used to come for meditation at nearby Baan Boon with the monk Shaun Jayasaro. “She brought me here and I liked it. She wanted a country house, so here we are!”

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The large tree stands in the center, a natural connection for people going from one part of the house to another.
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Step out from this guest room, and you come to a verandah by the tree.

Pui’s mother adds, “We built here for a lot of reasons. As Bangkok people, we feel safe living in a project, where neighbors watch out for each other, and this is a peaceful, comfortable atmosphere.” This was certainly clear to our team. Most households are also involved with meditation, adding to the pleasant ambience.

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Nature and house are imaginatively connected with the tree in the center, walkways inside and outside woven into a single path as in a classic Japanese style.
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Multifunction walkway connecting the generations — Pui’s mother does walking meditation, but at other times grandkids run and play all around it

“We wanted a house where we could retire when we got old,” continued Pui, “and Mother is making plans now. Rutjanamphon Ketkasemsuk – known as Tang – is a university designer and architect whose designs we liked, and he created this open, airy house.” Tang’s design includes rooms for overnight guests, access to natural surroundings, and easy maintenance.

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The tree in the center leads into the reception parlor and gives the house a feeling of natural warmth.
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The kitchen connects the dining area with the guest rooms, illustrating an “open plan” that facilitates family and group activities.

From the front we get a wide view of the house, which blends right in with the natural environment. The first floor has floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, and a walkway surrounds it and also serves as a porch. The second-storey angled roof panels makes the house look lighter, and the color combination of white and gray adds to a proper, orderly look, making the tall tree in the center stand out, echoing the beautiful natural surroundings.

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Young Poon and Pan’s bedroom, bright furniture colors against simple white walls and gray drapes. The bed has drawers for storing toys.

Interior décor is simple, partly because this is a vacation home, but also because the owners prefer it that way. Furniture is movable, though there’s a built-in kitchen. Floor and ceiling are dark-colored artificial wood, creating dimensional contrast with the glass frames, reflecting the natural world outside and creating a warm indoor atmosphere, especially in the evening when sun shining in through the trees creates breezy patterns on the white inside walls.

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Easygoing décor in Pui and Nu’s room: white, with an angled ceiling slanting down to Pui’s pleasure-reading armchair.

The two wings of the house stand separated by a tall tree in the center. One wing is like a small hostel, with eight guest beds; the other is the family wing, with Pui’s mother downstairs and bedrooms for Pui and Nu and youngsters Poon and Pan on the second storey. This “house around a tree” reflects the living arrangement and the comfort and happiness of living close to nature while coming together as a family.

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Children behind the house, where sunflowers, okra, and other plants grow – beginnings of a kitchen vegetable garden where a greenhouse may someday be built.

link: https://www.facebook.com/SOOK-Architects-182111258504167/

Open Plan Urban Home / Home Renovation

Open Plan Urban Home / Home Renovation

Only few windows are enough to make this urban home an airy, comfort one.

/// Malaysia ///

Photography : Suphakon Srisakun /// Design : JTJ Design 

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Growing trees add some freshness and makes a house more of a great place to live in.

This home was designed and built in Malaysia by Tony Heneberry of JTJ Design under the concept of a great place to live in. From a former shophouse, the designer has turned the final look into an incredible house. The makeover started when Heneberry bought two buildings. He combined two units together and torn down separating walls to increase usable space.

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Cooking in this house is like cooking among the nature.

The 7-meter-wide façade looks much wider when Henebery removed the walls and existing partitions to assign new functions to the space. The living room/ dining area on the second floors is spacious with a lot of open area, following the “open plan” concept.

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Plants chosen for the hallway have medium-sized leaves to keep the house airy and not too dense.
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Using an “open plan” design means the interior is all connected, which avoids a cluttered look.
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The stairway with skylight roof is one of the spots everyone likes most.

The house’s main staircase was torn down and rebuilt in a better location. New metal stairways sit in a hallway next to the central courtyard, leading the way to the second floor. The courtyard is filled with tall trees, as a main relaxation area of the house where a glimpse of outdoor experience is bought inside in harmony. The trees also create continuity by naturally drawing the eyes towards the interior.

The stair to the third floor was set in another location. It sits against the outer wall, to preserve the space inside, which is an area for work and rest.

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The wooden roof is painted all white. /// The metal staircase structure is aesthetically pleasing. At the top, a skylight illuminates the stairwell.
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The second floor ceiling levels with the roof to receive natural light. High-ceiling gives more airy feel to the house, to cover disadvantages from having few windows.

As for the ventilation system, hot air is able to float up through the hallway, then flows out through window louvers and through the roof. Another plus is, this urban home faces south. So, by putting planter boxes on window frames, a simple vertical garden is added to filter sunlight and enhance privacy for residents at the same time.

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The hallway wall surface is covered with crushed concretes from the old shophouse. /// Vertical garden lined up on the window frames facing the street

link: http://www.jtjdesign.com.my/

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

House on The Rock / Samui Beach House

It is not common to build a house in a rocky terrain. But this house on the rock stands tall against all odds.

/// Thailand /// 

Story: Ottomaan /// Photo: Sungwan Phratem /// Architect: Kusol Im Erbsin 

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The well-rounded balcony juts out from the master bedroom and comes to rest on a big boulder in a complementing shape.

The house is settled on a tight land of less than an acre. The landscape is hemmed by huge rocks. From afar, it’s hard to tell the shape of the house, as it sits on a lower level than a nearby road.

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The second floor offers an alfresco dining room/ sundeck with panoramic ocean views.

Boulders across the landscape force the buildings to come in separate units, each is anchored with a rock to secure its place. The design is modern and simple. Overall exterior is clean and neat, highlighted with a shed roof. Different asymmetry shapes are used, while rectangular shapes are avoided to achieve the most nature-blending buildings.

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The main entryway appears light and airy. Where necessary, the walls are made of strips of timber evenly placed at intervals instead of solid walls.

Buildings are set on a slightly different levels. The shed roof on the main villa creates a wide open facade. The diagonal lines are also applied to other exterior walls. The overall wooden materials make the house looks warm and inviting.

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The sitting room features a modern sectional sofa with complementing wood furniture.
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The dining space features a long dining table crafted of slab timber resting on tree stumps. A zebra graphic pattern at the far end adds a touch of nature to the room.

The two-storey main villa features a T-shaped floor plan. On the second floor, an ample sitting area is offered along with a panoramic ocean view. Exterior walls are partly covered in timber strips, placed at intervals for ventilation. Bricks wall covered in plaster and glass windows are applied where appropriate. A wide sundeck is served as an alfresco dining room.

The ground floor is also connected to outdoor. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels are installed. A lounge area is equipped with a huge bed. Next to the space is a semi-formal dining room and a contemporary-looking pantry.

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A garden pathway connects the two buildings. To the left, patches of greenery and timber strips are put in to soften the harsh appearance of nearby cliff faces.
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Viewed from the outbuilding, the main villa boasts striking trapezoidal roof design.

The first outbuilding is opposite to the main villa, accessible via a garden pathway. The single-story home offers a small bedroom. The ensuite unit boasts an outdoor bathroom.

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The master bedroom lies in a smaller outbuilding, separated from the main villa.

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The second outbuilding sits slightly lower than the rest. The floor plan is similar to a sundeck on a cruise. The master bedroom sits on a big boulder, the top edge can be seen projecting out from the floorboard.

Where possible, uneven grounds were smooth out to make a lawn. Through time, the weather has washed rock surfaces that they gradually become organic with the house and its landscape.

Safari-inspired décor silhouetted against its modern loft interior. Naked concrete finishes compliment subdued tones of the wood. Free-form furniture at the center works as a colorful contrast. In short, its rocky terrain simply completes this house on the rock.

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The Contiguous room makes a fluent, functional interior space.
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The ensuite bathroom in the outbuilding needs no opaque roofing. Lacy shades of nearby trees keep it at comfortable temperatures throughout the day.

 

link: www.baanlaesuan.com/22153/house/house_sea/

Comfy Minimalist House

Comfy Minimalist House

Located in suburb area, this minimalist house has plenty of ample space for a family. The owner reaches out to A21 Studio group of architects to design the place.

/// Vietnam ///

Architect: A21 Studio /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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Double-space design ideas make the interior very open and airy, allow plenty of natural light to illuminate all the way to the ground floor.

The house incorporated many natural features. The ground floor interior appears open, airy and uncluttered, using glass to divide the room area. A green oasis in the center court can be seen in full view from anywhere. The cozy innermost section is a private area designed to accommodate visiting acquaintances.

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The ground floor bedroom is located in the cozy innermost section, separated from the rest by a wood lattice.
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Tall glass walls on the terrace let plenty of sunshine into to interior. A built-in bed is illuminated by soft lights.

Double-space design boasts a sense of virtual unity within the first and the second floor. A kids homework room and a sitting room on the second floor can be either connected or separated as needed. On the third floor is where a home gym and a bathtub are located and nicely furnished for a good rest after a long day.

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The stairwell leading to the third floor lets plenty of sunlight into the interior.
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The atmosphere inside the second-floor sitting room is uncluttered. A verdant center court can be seen behind the television set.

The highlights of the clean-cut interior are gloss finish concrete floors, glass room dividers, and solid walls painted polite colors. Streamlined furniture makes for comfortable living in Minimalist style.

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A minimal built-in sofa is a part of the living room, a simple layout resulting in the least amount of disruption.
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The bathroom is enclosed in clear glass panels to create a sense of connectedness with the rest of the private area.

The least disruption of airflow makes it possible to do without turning on air condition. That means saving on electricity and other energy-related expenses.

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A small garden is visible from every point of view.
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Wood lattice effectively separates the kitchen from the corridor without disrupting air circulation.

The ordinary creation to answer the homeowner needs is achieved here. With an environmental consciousness and a minimalist house design, the home gives residents a better living.

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The bedroom is in the snug innermost part of the house. Tall glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the interior.
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A spare parking area is set aside for future needs. A tree is already put in place to provide a canopy.

link: http://www.a21studio.com.vn/

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/

Little Joys in the Small Garden

Little Joys in the Small Garden

Little joy with a cool lush green small garden in front of a pretty white house protected in front by a hedge of English banyan. Sukanda and Chaiyanon Mimarayat were inspired to create this beautiful place by the book cover of Small Garden from Baanlaesuan Publishing. 

/// Thailand /// 

Story : Warapsorn Akkhaneeyut /// Photos : Sitthisak Namkham /// Landscape : Little Tree

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Seeking out the garden designer, Siriwit  Riubamrung of Little Tree, they had to wait two and a half years to enlist his help. “When we first went to Little Tree the Designer needed to see the actual site, but the big floods came and we couldn’t continue for another year. Then prices were higher, so we had to wait even longer.”

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In the meantime Sukanda redecorated, the space adding on a small cottage in a mixed French country and vintage style and a relaxation room with a porch, walkway, and lawn, all while waiting for the garden to arrive.

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English banyan line two sides of the walkway entering the house
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Inside the little gate is a comfortable space to sit, but the tall hedge keeps it private.

“Our old place was a townhouse with retro façade, not like this at all. Then we started getting out more, and thought about copying the look of restaurants and coffee shops we liked, such as Agalico, which Little Tree designed. We gave Siriwit a free hand because we liked his concepts, but of course he discussed everything with us in advance. He made adaptations from the original work plan such as increasing the height of the hedge barrier in front for more privacy.”

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A checkerboard tile pattern fronts the house, and cobblestones set diagonally on the washed sand walkway

Inside the garden is a very private enclosed space, with a chic black lawn table on top of cobblestones set in diagonal lines, fragrant yellow gardenias, and bright flowers scattered here and there for a relaxing, casual mood.

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These gorgeous rectangular English banyan hedges took 2 years to reach their 2-meter height
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Near the pond, detail-textured cape plumbago encroaches on the walkway, with knot root foxtail adding a striking look.

Siriwit helps with color coordination as well as prices and brands. In the mix of plants he inserted Fukien tea and English banyan hedges trimmed into geometric shapes to relieve harshness so the garden looks orderly, but not too formal. He adds, “I played with shapes and forms, the diamond-shaped walkway and yard with checkerboard lines of tile in the front. The central court is trapezoidal, so I took away the unevenness with two lines of banyan plants.

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Hedge plants mixed in with free-form: semi-formal, easy maintenance; trim hedges every 2-3 weeks, or once a month if strapped for time.

“We used medium-sized plants with beautiful forms placed symmetrically. Golden gardenias. Leafy plants with different shades: neons, silvers, spotted coralberry, evergreen spindle, lime. Put in a pond with a cute rabbit-head fountain.”

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View from the lawn table into the house takes in a precise organization of plants and decorative components

A beautiful verdant garden with a vintage feel. A place to walk in and relax with a cup of your favorite coffee. Peaceful, relaxing.Once you’re here, where else would you want to go?

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By the owners’ design, attractive flowerpots adorn a shoe-placement shelf.
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Between the house and relaxation room the indirect light calls for shade-tolerant plants like the dwarf neon hydrangea along the path.
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Pink-flowered hydrangea contrasts with vines of spotted jasmine climbing the house.

link: http://www.littletreegarden.com/

Simple Contemporary House

Simple Contemporary House

From the outside, the house looks like three-story boxes joining together. The white building sports a simple contemporary house look with a swimming pool as the centerpiece. The main hall is well connected to other rooms around it.

/// Myanmar ///

Photography: Rithirong Chanthongsuk /// Design: Spine Architects Co, Ltd

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From a distance, the modern home stands majestically at the center of the property. Based on the form-follows-function principle, the simple design emphasizes easy access to all functional areas and amenities.
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A boundary fence made of concrete features large openings at intervals to improve the flow of air in and out of the property.
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An array of windows in this picture opens to illuminate the interior spaces. Meantime, window awnings protect the house from heavy rain and increase its energy efficiency.

Among the simple contemporary house with a warm welcome by the hostess Thin Thin Lwin, who appreciate showing around her house. She said:

“ Just my husband and I live together here. So when building a new home on a vacant lot, we didn’t want one that was going to be too big for our needs. We wanted just enough functional areas with easy access to other parts of the house, kind of like keeping with long established tradition from the past. By a happy chance, I have a friend, who is an architect, and the rest is history. Stephen Zawmoe Shwe and I have been good friends since we were kids. So we asked him to design it. ”

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Lattice awning on the front façade protects the interior spaces from scorching sunlight and improves the home’s general appearance. The exterior is kept simple, modern, and fuss free.
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From the main entrance, with stepping-stones that stretch across the pool. Super high ceilings and transparent partitions make the atmosphere light and airy.

This Simple Contemporary House looks like the joining of four big boxes. The first-floor interior is light and airy thanks to super high ceilings. They are two stories tall to be exact. There is a sense of interior elegance. The spacious, well-ventilated hall is well connected to other rooms around it. One of them is a living room, which is clearly separated from the dining area and the kitchen.

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There is visual continuity from the cozy dining area all the way to the pool and beyond.

The second floor has two spacious bedrooms, each with a private balcony to take in the view and cool breezes. The swimming pool below is clearly visible from here. Interior design emphasizes crisp, clean lines and white tones that go together well with shades of gray. Furniture comes in warm earth tones that enhance the charm of natural wood flooring.

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Transparent sliding glass creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the bedroom. There are windows that open to improve air circulation and bring in cool breezes.
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Lattice awnings under the roofline provide added privacy and protect the second-floor bedroom from intense heat during the day. /// Part of the bathroom wall is made of transparent sliding glass equipped with Venetian blinds to control the amounts of natural light.

The third floor is a penthouse deck with a view and great for stargazing. It is an ideal living space for relaxation as a family. There is a large Buddha room on one side, where the owners come to pray and perform religious rites.

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Part of the penthouse deck is remade into a reception area with marble countertops and matching bar stools.

Simple design makes this Western style home stand out in the old town neighborhood. It’s well thought-out plan ensures there are plenty of functional areas and modern amenities for comfortable living. It is energy efficient thanks to passive cooling strategies, such as large windows that open to bring in cool breezes and natural light. Where necessary, lattice awning is installed to minimize the amounts of sun on the exterior wall. That reduces the workload on air conditioning. All things considered, the design scheme is well suited for Asia’s hot and humid climate.

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Temperature control Made of stainless steel and tempered glass, lattice awnings protect doors and windows from intense sunlight and heavy rain. They reduce the amounts of heat penetrating into the interior and fit in well with the home’s modern appearance. /// Different textures The interior walls and ceilings are for the most part covered in real wood siding. In the penthouse bar, rough textured surfaces are put in to create a hint of interest. Where appropriate, ceramic mosaic tiles in various colors are used except for the countertops, which are crafted of marble in cream tones. Meantime, the floor is covered in beautiful, black ceramic tiles.
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Safety and Transparency Tampered glass and wood handrails mark boundaries on the upper floors. They provide safety against tripping and falling without obstructing the views below. For increased durability, the handrails are held together using stainless steel fasteners. /// Light and ventilation An array of overhead windows let natural light shine in to illuminate the stairwell during the day. The smart design cuts down on utility bills since electric lights are never turned on during the daytime.
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Lattice awnings The front façade gets a lot of sun during the day. The architect solves the problem by putting in lattice awnings to keep the area cool and comfortable. The awnings effectively reduce the amounts of heat without darkening the atmosphere inside. Where possible a patch of greenery is put in to absorb heat energy and add a natural touch to the overall design scheme.

 

link: http://spinearchitects.com/

Mandalay Beach Villas / A Three-Unit Beachfront Home

Mandalay Beach Villas / A Three-Unit Beachfront Home

A beachfront home is built based on a simple exterior design, yet it is a perfect hideaway to relax in a tranquil environment.

/// Thailand /// 

Story : Atla Otto /// Photos : Sungwan Phratem

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The seaside landscape features a wood pergola with white drapes and a canopy. Lush sun-loving shrubs provide a pop of color to the beachfront.

Here is a simple home designed for easy coastal living. It is nestled on the peaceful western shore of Samui Island. The neighborhood is known for envy-inducing outdoor spaces and stunning sea views.

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The space between buildings allows for ventilation and abundant natural light, keeping the entire home clean and cool.
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Outdoor tiles in complementing tones line the walkway between buildings. Grass growing in between pea gravel tiles help reduce the effects of sun glare on eyes.

The waterfront home sits on a rectangular plot of land large enough for building a good-sized house. But the property owner is not looking for a design that is twice longer than wide. Because a rectangular floor plan may be lacking in variety, he opts for something else more interesting. The result is a neatly planned vacation home comprising three detached units. All of their front rooms are positioned to take advantage of the waterfront’s views and breezes.

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The sundeck extends from the multiple function building to connect with the infinity pool.
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Because the property ascends slightly from the beach, a retaining wall is built to mark the perimeter. The sun deck featuring a concrete vessel is crafted of pea gravel concrete. Behind it, a set of stairs leads to the beach below.

The three shed-roof buildings sit facing one another and come in different sizes. Their floors are raised 50 cm above the ground. The largest unit features a semi-open design to serve multiple purposes, incorporating a seating area, dining room and pantry. Next to it stands the second building with master bedroom with ocean views. An infinity pool, lush greenery and the beach lie between the two buildings and the open sea. The third building, which is set further back, features two en suite bedrooms. It is the first to be accessible from the street. The three-unit home boasts clean line exterior design with an emphasis on relaxing hues, such as white, gray and beige. Wood accents come in natural color and finish design to never go out of style.

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The multiple-purpose unit, which is the largest of the three, features generous seating spaces and a pantry. Open design ensures the rooms get abundant natural light and fresh air.
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For a vacation home, the pantry comes in handy for quick meal preparations.
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The dining area next to the pantry boasts a set of teakwood table and clear chairs. Rock wall adds texture and an intimate feel to space.
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The master bedroom boasts sweeping sea views, thanks to large glass paneling on two sides. Wood flooring adds a pop of color and warmth to the intimate space.
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The dual-sink countertop in the master bathroom features polished stone finishes in soft white.
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Translucent laminated glass siding separates the bathroom from the master bedroom. Plenty of natural light ensures the bathroom is well lit despite its dark color effects.

Open design allows an abundance of natural light and breezes to flow easily through the three buildings. Genius landscaping ideas help keep the interior spaces cool naturally, while lush foliage provides for comfortable outdoor rooms just steps away from the sparkling blue waters.

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The passageway separates the fishpond from the two-bedroom unit in the rear of the property.
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The house is accessible from the parking area via a revolving door. Sounds of water circulating in the fishpond communicate a warm welcome.

link: http://mandalaybeachvillas.com/

Twin Houses For Twins

Twin Houses For Twins

These twin houses are a kind of an in-between space that separates them physically. In a subtle way, the center court serves to perpetuate the spiritual bond between the two households. It makes for cordial relations and passion in the form of a shared space that gets used every day. It is obvious they have found the right balance. 

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Story : /// Photo : /// Designer: Natasas Jeenphund and Yupayong Chaikachorntat

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The owner of appealing twin house are two sisters, Chutima Bunnumkitsawat and Chutimon Siriwithayarat. Now married, They live in separate households that share the same compound. As anyone would expect, the twin residences look amazingly alike. But they are two distinctive entities. So we asked, and they answered.

“Originally They had planned on developing the property, on which we now live, to accommodate an extended family lifestyle. By chance, my husband came across one of the designs by Nat and contacted him right away before the big flood hit. We got down to the business of planning in earnest while the city was inundated in 2011,” Chutima said.

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Three families meet in the center court separating the two homes.

She said that the family has lived on this plot of land for three generations now, meaning those of Mom and Dad, the twin sisters themselves, and now the little ones.

Asked about design inspirations, Chutima said: “We both have kids roughly the same age. So family living spaces have got to be clearly defined. Simply put, we are two separate households now. Nonetheless, the two houses are set in the same compound. Mom and Dad can be with the kids here or there. Bottom line, our children will get to grow up together.”

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Viewed from the outside, the twin houses boast architectural features typical of clean line design. A center court separates the two while striking similarities keep them very much together.

Chutimon said that despite being two separate entities, the twin houses are subtly tied to each other in so many ways.

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The playroom-cum-recreational space features a raised wood deck. It serves as children playground and has since become the family’s favorite hangout room.

Behind the perceived sameness there exist a fair amount of differences. By permission, we take a look around only to find, as is often said, plenty of different details in the find print. First, their lifestyles subtly differ. Chutima’s home features a design with an emphasis on vertical treatments that embrace the value of the family’s intimate living spaces. Patches of greenery in the vertical garden protect the privacy of the living room and nearby patio. Lush foliage makes for comfortable interior living spaces. Now let’s move over to the other side of the center court. Chutimon’s home boasts open and light interior design featuring ample horizontal spaces. Reminiscent of the traditional Thai-style home, the family interior living spaces look out over and connect to the center court. The bedroom comes with an open, spacious balcony that is the family’s favorite hangout spot.

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The spacious balcony outside the bedroom is resting spot. When fully opened, the floor-to-ceiling window reveals panoramic views of the city neighborhood. When closed, the swing shutters serve as privacy curtains protecting the intimate living space. Insiders can see through strips of wood or metal, while outsiders cannot.
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“I want them to appear as two distinctive entities. It is like two well-pruned trees thriving side by side. Meantime, it is not about being totally separated.”

The awesome twin houses complex is the brainchild of designers Natasas Jeenphund and Yupayong Chaikachorntat of Poetic Space Studio. As they put it, The two homes highlight simple, clean line design. I want them to appear as two distinctive entities. It is like two well-pruned trees thriving side by side. Meantime, it is not about being totally separated. Basically, the plan is based on a design principle that aims to keep the two families very much together.” In a nutshell, the twin houses find the right balance not only in terms of land use but also in architectural style. More importantly, they bear testimony to passion and longing to be together and cherish the relationship made in heaven.

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The seating room at Peek’s home opens to a lush patio space hemmed in by vertical garden walls. The patch of greenery protects the privacy of the interior living space.

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