JSBT House
Three Thai-Nordic-style houses with two generations of residents.

Who would have guessed that this house, with a large skylight void that serves as both the wall and the ceiling and is part of the essential function of the house, is in a hot and humid country like Thailand? . However, with lifestyle and personal preferences in mind, the owners and the architects from Office AT collaborated to create this JSBT House to be a perfect blend of northern European house vibe to match the Thai climate and filled with the shady of the tree.

The unique feature of this house is not only its perfect fit with the residents, as if it were tailor made, but also the placement of three houses for two generations, on a 340 square wah of land on Soi On Nut for maximum benefit and to satisfy the residents’needs, in terms of pleasant living, comfortable, privacy at the same time.

Three houses for two generations

The project begins with the owners requirement to construct three houses with three main residents on this square plot of land : the house of a yoga instructor couple, Khun Boonchu and Khun Jamsai, the house of the mother, and the house of the uncle. When creating a site plan, the architects consider each resident’s needs as well as where the houses should be placed on the property.

1st floor plan
2nd floor plan

The architects began by laying out the common areas that all 3 houses share, such as the parking and the driveway, then combined the parking of three houses in one location to save road space while providing easy and convenient access. The uncle’s house is located next to the front area, adjacent to the road. His only requirement is privacy. When there are visitors, they can easily access the house without having to go through the other two houses. The architect designed this house to look like a small studio room, with a working area, a large living room, and a master bedroom on the second floor. The uncle’s house is connected to the mother’s house, sharing some service areas such as living room, kitchen, storage room, laundry room, and maid’s room in order to save some space.

In order to create more green space in their homes, the upper left side of the land, which is in the direction of sunlight, has become the position of the garden area that accounts for almost one-fourth of the house. Most importantly, the mother’s house and Khun Boonchu-Jamsai’s house face the garden in different angles. This create a common garden to be shared while also providing a private view to the residents.

“Everyone shared a large green space together. But at the same time, the views that we see do not clash with each other, instead forming a personal angle. Each house can have an open corner with privacy. There is also a pavilion in the garden corner for activities on families and relatives gathering,” added the architects.

We can see from the plan that the green area continues to flow and converge with the parking area to protect the view and create privacy for Khun Boonchu-Jamsai’s house.

Half Thai-Nordic house

After the architects figured about the land planning, personal preference comes in for consideration. At the beginning, the architects recalled that Khun Boonchu-Jamsai comes with a modern Nordic-style house reference, with quite a lot of skylights in the house. Since the couple spends their lives in the morning before the sun rises, the hot weather in Thailand doesn’t affect their living much.

Among the main functions in the house such as bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, the architects put skylights according to the owner’s request while designing those skylights in the direction of avoiding sunlight when in use. Insulated glass are used to prevent heat from entering the house and enhance the shade and filter the light with ivy and trees. The plants are perfectly designed and decorated by the landscape team from Suanleela.

The owner also like the cozy house with the loft atmosphere of the western house. To achieve the desired feel, the architect designs the open gable home with exposed roof beams. This half-Thai-Nordic home, unlike a normal Thai tropical house, does not have eaves. Nonetheless, the architects included a modern home shape and adapted to Thai climate by transforming the area into a balcony with a large space to shield the house from the sun and rain.

The space utilization need is straightforward, with no sophisticated features, just like any other regular dwelling. The only distinction is that both owners are yoga instructors.Therefore, adaptable multi-purpose spaces in different locations of the house are required to change the environment and perspective. The front of the house is the location of the swimming pool facing the garden. It has become another highlight for practicing yoga, where they can spend time and immerse themselves in the natural shady ambience of thier home privately.

Something More : With the garden as the major component, the architects also used materials in harmony with nature, such as stone and wood for the main materials, while generating contrast by employing black steel walls in contrast with the green hue of the surrounding trees. Furthermore, because the owners prefer quick construction, steel structures are nearly the only option. The architects reinforce the structure with construction-friendly materials such as prefabricated walls or metal sheets.

This house is another example of ‘fit as if it were tailor made,’ with elements, preferences, and personal needs packed into a one-of-a-kind looking house that blends the relationship between extended families and transforms it into happiness, bonding, and living as one’s own.

Location :  Bangkok, Thailand
Site Area: 1,360 sqm.
Owner : Boonchu & Lapatsanan Tantikarun                    
Architect : OfficeAT
Project Architects : Surachai Akekapobyotin, Juthathip Techachumreon       
Interior Designer :  Voraporn Tantikarun                    
Landscape Designer : Suanleela            
Structural Engineer : Sarawut Yuanteng
System Engineer :  Degree System Co.,Ltd.  
Contractor : S.P. Civil System Co., Ltd.                             
Photographer : Rungkit Charoenwat

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