The proportion of space contained in the house
was inspired by the previous residential condominium

During a lifetime of living, it is possible to move from first to second home before expanding to meet changing needs and lifestyles. It is not surprising that as the story goes on like that, new house designs typically incorporate some familiar concepts from the first home to perfect the memory of living. Just like BAAN 9X9, the house where the husband and wife bring their familiarity from living in a condominium as the main concept before entrusting it to a close designer like IF (Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.) to develop a space and new home that fully responds to the individuality of the residents.

It all began with a picture of a couple’s ideal home.

“I knew Jo and Nina from childhood till they moved to Shanghai to pursue their education. They were living together in a duplex condominium known as their happy hour at the time. This led to the couple’s ideal home with a double space, similar to a condominium they used to reside in Shanghai since it brings back pleasant memories of that location. With this goal in mind, the design concept for the house’s main core like the Living, Dining, and Pantry is packaged in a 9 x 9 x 9 (meter) scale that’s ideal for both homeowners’ lifestyles.” remarked the designer.

If we look at the elevation of the house, we can see the relationship between the various living spaces. Starting from the centre of the house, the lofty living room combines all the main functions in one spot, including a black drink bar indicating the identity of the residents. The area on the right is a multipurpose area that extends from the living room. On the left is an exercise room with a rubber floor created specifically for gyms. The walls of both sides, including the structural columns, are covered with mirrors. The mass of the solid wall on the second-floor building appears lighter from a distance as if floating above the natural surroundings.

This home also has a function that is perfectly tailored to the homeowners’ lifestyle. Khun Jo, for example, often organizes parties during the festival with more than 20 friends who gather for a good time. So, the living area that extends from the living room is designed as a semi-outdoor, like a basement. Later, door panels were added to make this space more versatile, allowing it to be opened for natural ventilation or closed to switch on the air conditioner.

On the second floor, the master bedroom is located on the floating mass on the right side of the house, while the other two smaller bedrooms are located on the left along with a corridor that connects all the spaces, including the main centre area below with a double space, allowing family members to see and communicate with one another.

The context of the original land was used to design a new house.

Originally, there was a former house located on a plot of approximately 1 rai with the typical village hipped roof house. Initially, the architect intended to keep the structure. However, Khun Jo and Khun Nina have envisioned their ideal home as a modern house with slab roofs and open interior spaces. As a result, the design team and the customer concluded that the original house would be demolished and completely rebuilt by moving the house closer to the west for the following reasons:

The first reason is to provide enough space for future expansion. The second part is to borrow the context from the neighbour because the house on the east side of the land has a beautiful garden area facing this side. Hence, in addition to having a view of their own garden, they can also see the garden of the next-door neighbour through the open space.

Finally, the service’s functions such as the Thai kitchen, the laundry room, the storage room, and the electric room can all be grouped and located in the west, which is relatively hot during the day. By doing so, all the service’s functions act like a shield protecting the house from the heat. The designer then creates a large void facing east in the living room where the sunlight only shines through in the morning. It is the time Khun Jo and Khun Nina rarely use the living room. The master bedroom, which is the most essential room in the house, faces north, keeping it cool throughout the day while giving the homeowners a clear view of the front door, where guests come and go at all times. It’s a small detail that can provide the homeowner with a sense of security.

 “Although knowing the identity Khun Jo and Khun Nina before starting to design the house make me understand the needs and identities of the residents which assist me to transform it into a design that is perfectly tailored to the lifestyles of both of them, a basic understanding may not enough because designing and building a house takes a long time. In the meantime, the needs are constantly changing, with the owner of the house, on our own, or on the day the house is completed, these changes are still ongoing. This 9×9 house will be the place to support those changes and hold everyone together throughout their stay,” concluded the designer.

Area : 750 sq.m
Owner: Trerachai Chunsangchantra, Rujina Sajjayakorn
Architect & Interior : IF (Integrated Field Co.,Ltd.)
Lighting: Kullakaln Gururatana
Structural Engineer: Basic Design
M&E: Teerawut Puikan
Main Contractor: Backyard Construction
Landscape contractor: Nature TL
Photographer: W Workspace

Rangsima Arunthanavut

Rangsima Arunthanavut