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‘Simple is the best’ The expression is a succinct definition of Baan Samata, a villa set on a side of the Ping River in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Just a glimpse of the picture, we can notice how the residents are embraced by the harmony of nature and the shades of the surrounding trees. Golf-Pakorn Yudee, an architect from INLY STUDIO, is responsible for the design of the house, conveying simple lines and rhythms by blending imperfections of materials to underline the authentic beauty and perfectly touch the needs of the family that owns the place
Inspiration to rearrangement that reflects the needs of the residents
Everything is shaped by ideas of the owner, who mainly lives overseas. He wants a holiday house in Chiang Mai to relax with his family for vacation. One condition is it must be located close to nature and hugged by a chilling atmosphere. Moreover, it does need to blend in the elements of the architect’s favorite house styles.
Of course, the house is inspired by Golf’s house with moods and tones that weave harmoniously. Anyway, the design has been further developed and rearranged to create a house that fulfills the true needs of the owner. All decorative lines are adjusted to make them look modern and unite the house with the given contexts while the house itself is open up fully to project the scenery of nature.
Embraced by the surrounding nature, easy accessible, and uncomplicated
With the potential of its location, which is along the Ping River, the design concept thus begins with an L-shape layout. The architect arranges simple functions to include the nature within the house and also highlights the relationship between the residence and the nature by opening the premises up to portray the views of the lawn and the river. In addition, he has worked hard to make sure that every area, whether the living room, pantry, hallway or master bedroom, is shaded by relaxing vibes throughout the day. On the other hand, the front of the house is designed to feature fewer openings to ensure privacy.
Since there is no specific room particularly needed by the owner, the architect gradually sorts out the functions that are necessary for a holiday home by focusing on convenience, accessibility, and simplicity. He connects the common areas, including living room, dining room, and kitchen, together to shape an open plan and creates a long hallway past the front of children’s bedrooms, bathroom with air vents put at the end of the corridor where the master bedroom is located.
Simple is the best
It’s obvious that the lines within this house are simple and straightforward, both inside and out. There are clearly defined vertical and horizontal lines, which perfectly convey the dimensional rhythms, whether they are the distance between window openings, the distance between pillars, separation lines, sizes of materials, as well as ways to choose flat steel roofs. This makes the house convey the senses of stillness, tranquility, simplicity in a modern style with a blend of Asian looks.
The interior is simple as well with focus on eye comfort, using the white color and real wood of neutral tones that are neither too light nor too dark. It gives a warm feeling, relaxation and comfort. On the other hand, it is easy to maintain and suits the purpose of a holiday home.
Nature connecting openings
For this house, they decided on large openings and folding windows, which are large enough to independently serve as doors. These openings can lead onto the outside terrace that is covered along the edge. Not only does this make it easier to connect with nature or sit and relax during a sunny day, but it also helps in part of ventilation as it allows natural wind to flow through the house.
Truth and beauty of materials through imperfection
“It’s not a Thai house, not a Japanese house, but a house filled with a feeling of relaxation, warmth and livability from the use of local materials that are not difficult to find. It features craftwork and seams between connections that reveal authenticity. It may not be perfect, but is beautiful in its own way,” says the architect.
‘Wood, stone, brick, steel’ are a staple material that is readily available locally. The architect thus uses these materials to show the original craftsmanship without any manipulations. For example, ancient bricks are used without being painted; wooden poles are used though they come with marks. These materials combine different parts of the house and reveal the natural boundaries between each type of them, embracing the imperfect beauty based on the concept of Wasabi. While the result may not look exactly neat, it makes the home look relaxed, simple and beautiful just the way it should be.
Aura of local architecture
The house has an aura of local architecture such as the design of the wooden gable structure that gives the identity of the northern region as well. The proportions have been adjusted to be more contemporary. There are also eaves that extend longer than other houses in general. The rafters and wooden posts are added, which help reduce the hardness impression of materials, making sure that wood, steel, cement can coexist perfectly. Also, these materials create characters for the house, to ensure it blends in perfectly with the contexts.
In addition, the rain gutter system is also designed to use drainage chains and an ancient fermentation tank of the northern people as a container for rainwater. Apart from the conventional purpose, it serves as a decoration to conceal the flaws of the drainpipe.
Fulfilling the nature
Landscaping is another important aspect of architects as well. Lawns and various trees formed are another context that has been created to fill nature more completely than ever. Stones of different sizes and colors are placed within the lawn, serving as seating in the garden. The original trees are still preserved with lighting to highlight the beauty of nature even more.
From the shady nature created in combination with the imperfection created by the architects, it results in Baan Samata, a holiday home by the Ping River. It is a home design that perfectly embraces nature. Under a design that uses simplicity as a precursor, with no absolute perfect at any part, this house boasts charms of imperfections that the owner accepts and happily coexists with.
Location: Chiangmai, Thailand
Area: 220 sq.m.
Architect: Pakorn Yoodee – Kiattisak srikumwong neawbenthud – Chonrada navanarasest
Structure Engineer: Pilawan Piriyapokhai
Site Inspector: Housescape Design Lab
Photographer: Rungkit charoenwat