U House was designed for multi-generation, large scale families, with complexity of many different requirements and preferences.
The concept was to create a “home” where a large number of family members can live happily together, with well balanced levels of interaction and privacy in appropriate parts of the house. With unique personal life styles and requirements, each family would be placed in different parts of the house, and should be well connected to one another.
Landscape and Architecture blend into one another seamlessly. Since the building fills up most site area, landscape must be planned as part of built structure. The open space can be seen from most parts of the house. The space flows freely from upper landscape down to lower landscape. Water surface in swimming pool, flows continuously down to feature pond below, and the green wall brought the flow back up onto the second floor. Green area was maximized by vertical garden concept.
Although expressed in a contemporary and clean-lined language, U House was design based on strict tropical guidelines. The house has been proved to fit well within the climate of Bangkok. The overall form is composed by clusters of blocks, overhanging and recessing to form interesting visual effect, as well as providing overhang to shield away excessive sun light and rain. Solid and void was planned to benefit the most from natural light and ventilation.
Theo House, Kaoyai
Location \ Kaoyai, Nakornratchasrima
Client \ Mr.Sittiwat Sahawat
Completion \ 2009
Area \ 336.22m2
Terrace House, Kaoyai
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Hill Top House, Kaoyai
Location \ Khaoyai, Thailand
Owner \ Mr. Michael de Santiesteban
Area \ 250 sqm.
Lake House, Kaoyai
Location \ Khaoyai , Nakornratchasrima
Owner \ Mr.Anucha Sihanatthakatakul
Area \ 490 sqm.
Completion \ 2009
A concept of Separation has become a subtle technique that helped creating the "weekend home effect". Being away to a weekend home should feel different from the city home. All rooms were intentionally separated and could only be linked by semi outdoor walkway. This allowed users to experience the outdoor atmosphere while moving through different spaces within the compound.
"The best view of the lake" was another key that directed the layout. Setting out process had to be done on site, adjust and re-adjust. The final adjustment was a matter of 1-2 degree angle. However, the impression of best view was not just a single scene framed in the living room, contributed by the sequence of space leading up to it.
Arriving at Lake House was designed as a journey to re-discover the Lake. Approaching sequence was carefully outlined. From the entrance of the development, the road would curved around and enter the perimeter at the far end of the site. Then the internal road curved almost a full circle back, around natural landform, grass, shrubs, and trees. All little surrounding elements gradually uncovered the arrival, court with an existing center tree, surrounded by a panoramic valley view, but not a sight of the lake at this point.
All walls facing lake view were mainly glass panels, for unobstructed view frontage. The extra wide overhang helped to protect the glass panels from rain and excessive sun light. Being able to keep all windows open in full daylight throughout the day, and during heavy rain was quite a tropical luxury. Despite an obvious simplified, contemporary look, Lake House was a true tropical house in a unique way.
A Weekend home would usually be built in a great place far away from everyday environment. It is an architectural shell that provides protection, containment, and at the same time, helps to enhance the connection between users and surrounding atmosphere. Every great place requires unique design solution, like the Lake House that is there for the lake, and vice versa.