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“Interaction with nature from all perspectives,” is what we define after seeing a series of photos of Lamlukka House, a house in the Lamlukka District where you can feel the shady surroundings of the trees no matter where you are. Of course, all of these photos will always include trees in the frame, ensuring the relationship between the house and nature that Khun Golf-Pakorn Yoodee, the architect of INLY Studio, intends to convey the homeowner’s preference for Chiang Mai’s DNA through the concept of making this house simple while enjoying with warmth, even if it is located in Lam Luk Ka.
Little House in a big house
Aside from designing a space that everyone can share, there is a need for a house that can support the lifestyle of living in a large family and at a variety of ages, whether it is parents, aunts, grandmothers, and children in college. Each person also requires their own private space that is separated from others. As a result, the layout concept of ‘Little house in a big house’ takes place in a two-story house with a usable area of over 700 square meters. Each person’s space will consist of complete functions including a bedroom, a walk-in closet, and a bathroom. Most importantly, the indoor garden can be viewed from various angles, allowing each individual to relax in the privacy that they desire.
‘It’s like having six small houses under one roof.’ The architects divided the house’s interior into six zones. The first zone is a parking lot with a column-free structure for convenient parking. The second zone is a communal space where everyone shares, such as a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. The third zone, to the right, is Grandma’s private bedroom. The rest is private rooms for parents, aunts, and children, all of which are located on the second floor.
Create intimacy with nature by replacing spaces
Due to each family member’s strong desire for privacy, the architects separated each zone and replaced the spaces with a courtyard and a large patio that flanked the living area, connecting Grandma’s private space. Not only does the zoning divide the living spaces proportionally, but it also allows air and natural light to pass through this space, bringing the house closer to nature and making it airy and well ventilated.
A perspective on the relationship between home and nature
Another highlight of incorporating nature is that we can see the garden from anywhere in the house, creating a relationship between the house and nature that is always pleasant and shady, making living in this house full of relaxation while each person has complete privacy.
Other perspectives in the Community area are designed to connect at specific points, such as the parking lot to the dining room or the patio to the kitchen. This allows family members to see what each other is up to. It not only assists in the creation of interactions between spaces but also supports the creation of harmonious interactions between people in the home.
Open from the outside, light and airy inside
The architects attempted to design a large void with floor-to-ceiling height with the concept of ‘Inside out’ that unites the boundaries between the internal and external spaces to allow wind and sunlight from outside to enter the interior. The living room and patio are designed to be Double Spaces, with glass Accordion windows that can be closed or opened to connect the space, making it appear airier and allowing the residents to fully experience the outdoor garden.
Bring Chiang Mai to Lamlukka
The homeowners want the house to look modern with smooth lines, simple, and pleasant to look at in a way that everyone likes because the members of the house are of different ages. Furthermore, because the homeowner used to live in Chiang Mai, the architects conveyed this passion through a house with a Chiang Mai vibe by using natural-looking materials such as wood, stone, and steel, which, when combined with the green of the trees, transforms the house into a tropical vacation home suitable for relaxation.
The large column elements are one of Inly Studio’s signatures, chosen to convey Chiang Mai vibes to this house, while the columns themselves are the supporting structure of the eaves, which extend over 4 meters. To soften the harshness of the house and invite everyone to spend their days outside in beautiful weather, the surrounding surfaces are panelled with artificial wood. It also has wooden slats on the back that help filter sunlight at all times while also camouflaging the view from the outside.
Cover up for exposure
“If all of the spaces are completely open, residents may feel uncomfortable being themselves because they can still be seen from the outside. The spaces must be covered, but how can this be done without making people feel uncomfortable and allowing them to fully appreciate the beautiful garden inside the house?” The architect describes the concept of creating a new blind spot for people living in the house by designing a large solid stone wall built to block the view of the living room from outsiders. The wall was placed a little distance from the patio. This design not only makes residents feel more at ease but also complements the landscape architecture.
When nature becomes one of the elements of the house, it wouldn’t be incorrect to define this Lamlukka House as interacting with nature from all perspectives, because no matter where you look, you can feel the shady trees, wind, and sunlight that the architects warmly blend. It also creates privacy, and simplicity, with a Chiang Mai vibe, making us almost forget that this house is in Lamlukka.
Architect: INLY STUDIO
Lead Architect: Pakorn Yoodee, Chayanin Anantasete
Structural engineer: Pilawan piriyapokhai