FN House
A house as the owner's identity reflection,
simple but edgy using wood, concrete, and rusty steel.

After the construction is completed, the fulfillment of happiness for the residents begins. Even though the house may alter with lifestyle and time, what expresses the residents’ identity always stays. Just like this FN House, a house that reflects the personality of the homeowner through the selection of cool and raw materials and harmoniously connects the natural context. This house space is designed to perfectly meet family members’ expectations by Mr. Boy- Phongphat Ueasangkhomset, the Architect from Anonym Studio.

Remove some parts of the original house
to create additional space for the new one

 Because the owner is familiar with Pracha Uthit Road as his relatives live in the area, he decided to buy a plot of land in the same alley to build a house for starting a family with his wife and two children. There is a house on the plot of land with enough space on the side to build another house.

This was a contributing element to the owner’s desire to divide the area into two pieces. The first part is to build a new house on empty land for him and his family while planning to rent out the existing house. Some parts of the house have been slightly removed, giving the new house the perfect size at 150 square two-meters

Connect contextual perspectives from neighbors

When the architect began to explore the surrounding context, he noticed that the back of the house in the west is connected to the neighbor’s gardens surrounded by trees. It is quite natural with the winds flowing through very well.  It also provided privacy. When the architect designed the function, he decided to take advantage of this natural view and positioned a living area and a dining area where the homeowner and families often spend most of their time together towards the back of the house on the first floor. To completely raise the eye level and perspective of the natural surroundings, the ground in the area was filled up by 1.20 meters.

At the same time, the architect designed this area to be lofty and open, in a Double Space style with about 6 meters ceiling. The floor-to-ceiling windows were used in this house. In addition to connecting with the surrounding context, the natural light could shine through these windows, making the house cool and pleasant. This is the key to making a home livable.

On the second floor, there are children’s bedrooms in the front while the mezzanine at the back contains a common area, a music room, and an office. The third floor houses the owner’s and wife’s bedrooms and is located towards the back of the house to take in the natural views. The front of the house has a fitness center and a small balcony where the owner may relax and enjoy the fresh air on beautiful days.

Materials from the homeowner’s characters

 “At first, there was no specification on how many stories this house should have. But after reviewing the program, I can imagine a three-story house with simple function arrangement, is not complicated, focuses on comfort, and put the homeowner’s character into it,” the architect recalled.

Since the owner is an artistic person and likes to play drums as a hobby, which contrasts with his personality, which valued refinement and order. The architect then used these characteristics as an inspiration for choosing the interior and exterior materials. By choosing Raw Materials such as wood, concrete, and rusted steel, the architect conveyed an edgy vibe through spatial experiments such as the color and texture of the wall to be unique and fascinating.

The exterior walls are plastered with grey and brown concrete, giving off a rusty iron-like feel. The square shapes are tactfully layered against each other, giving smooth, sharp lines from the. It also enhances the dimension of the shadow and blends the house with the surrounding natural context.

The architect employed the same color palette for the interior, including rusty-looking aluminum window frames and grey concrete plaster walls in various parts. The remaining walls are painted white, paired with neutral wood tones to create a pleasant ambiance, and soften the mood and tone of the property. Furthermore, the arrangement of furniture and other built-ins is flawless. It is neat and accurately portrays the homeowner’s personality.

Soft lines and rhythms

The lines of the balcony on the mezzanine are the only elements in the house with curvature from the slight modifications of the lines to create a soft movement for the house. This connects the first floor and the second floor, creating a welcoming vibe to the house, as well as the lines of the round pillar structure are designed to be light, with equal spacing rhythms, and are beautifully arranged.

The staircase is another element that the architect pays attention to detail in the design. He designed a straight wooden staircase covered with steel edges on the sides. The stairs consist of a glass banister along the way to the mezzanine. Importantly, the position of the staircase may also open up the view of the courtyard within the home, enabling natural light to fully stream through, which is said to be the key to making the house pleasant.

Create a fresh and interesting dimension in Hard Scape

Since the depth of the land is more than 20 meters, the architect reduces the central part of the house and inserts the courtyard to allow natural light to reach all parts of the house. Some of the original trees are well preserved. However, the homeowner doesn’t have time to maintain the garden all the time, so using Hard Scape instead of planting more trees may be a better fit for their lifestyle.

The court’s floor is built of specifically designed concrete bars that form the Hard Scape pattern, adding an intriguing dimension. The bars were carefully stacked and progressively lifted to the house’s shifting levels. In addition, the architect added a gimmick by distributing small cobblestones between the areas, which, in addition to defining the space in its own unique way, enhances the sequence of strolling through this court.

This FN House expresses itself in terms of space management and perfectly draws the hallmarks of the surrounding context into the house; also, the homeowner’s characters infer the choice of raw materials while maintaining complete tidiness. Even though the house may one day alter over time, the relationship between the space inside the house, the selection of materials, and the design story remain, always growing with the life experience of the homeowner.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Area: 750 sq.m.
Architect: Anonym studio
Design Team: Phongphat Ueasangkhomset, Parnduangjai Roojnawate, Kamolchanok Somsang, Natnicha Nimnaparoj, Sachaporn Kaewthep, Warung Klongsat
Photographer: DOF Skyground

Janjitra Horwongsakul

Janjitra Horwongsakul