HIGHER GROUND

Sutthisarn, Bangkok
Thailand
2015

HIGHER GROUND

Sutthisarn, Bangkok
Thailand
2015

HIGHER GROUND

Sutthisarn, Bangkok
Thailand
2015
The houseApartment buildings
The house is located among the dense area of Bangkok surrounded by small residential buildings and mid-rise apartments. To avoid congested atmosphere, one of the client main requirements is the house with special height. Such height is beyond the notion of normal house design, we have never experienced this design resolution before. As a result, this house is a 4-storey house standing as tall as adjacent 9-storey apartment buildings. The client said that he found the feeling of being elevated from the ground is delightful, the same experience of being on tree house where nothing is around but the distance view. Each room in the house could have the ceiling height of 4.8m. Back then, in the very first day, the client came with Tadao Ando and a bunch of Modern Japanese Houses books. Exposed concrete and wood are two materials in his mind. A series of wooden column and exposed wooden structure ceiling of traditional Japanese architecture and the central courtyard atmosphere of traditional Thai house are mentioned at the first stage of design meeting, a spirit of Asian traditional architecture. The site has one existing big tree that has been living for so long since the old house was built. In the planning stage, building mass was designed split in two surrounded this big tree to create such Thai courtyard atmosphere mentioned above. Without the large space to build up the green atmosphere like an old day Thai compound house, a vertical and elevated green area are employed. With this modern day green space concept, not only improve the living atmosphere inside the house but it is also a small part that helps creating pleasant cityscape as well. The whole house is made of exposed concrete, in the construction process, a synchronization and integration of building system and structural work has to be seamless. As a designer, what we like about this house is not only Higher Ground concept but to make this house becomes reality is our challenge rarely found in our career path.
AWARDS
2016 CITATION AWARD : THE ASSOCIATION F SIAMESE ARCHITECTS UNDER ROYAL PATRONAGE (ASA), THAILAND

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