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“This project’s challenge is that the owner prefers the original house’s structure, layout, and appearance. We have to think of any concepts that could be intriguing without changing the existing structure.”
From the challenge of designing a new brow tattoo parlor in Soi Pridi Banomyong 26, led by the 34-year-old owner, to Brow Body Studio, a tattoo shop that transforms the feeling of fear or uncertainty by creating a homely atmosphere with a design that tries to be approachable, comfortable, and relaxing. Visitors would feel at ease and relaxed as if they were visiting a spa. This project was designed by S.O.S Architects, with whom the owner is familiar
Maintain the original design
while adding lines that do not interfere with the house
The first access that is visible to the passerby is the exterior façade of the building where the owner wants to preserve the building’s original appearance. As a result, the architect does research on what to include to give the building character in order to precisely satisfy the requirements.
As a result, the architect designs the curved brick wall in front of the house, creating a characteristic that allows those passing by on the street to recognize the building more easily and avoid misinterpreting its function as a sole residence. Furthermore, this wall plane obscures the original structure beneath, which has a disjointed grid of columns. The line of this brick wall gradually blends into the white wall and flows seamlessly into the building’s entrance.
The contrast of materials makes the house remarkable.
“The owner likes natural materials,, and I also want to use materials that have an uneven texture like stone. However, the limitation was that each piece of the stone has a distinctive form, making it difficult to create a form. Bricks, which are Easy-to-find materials, are used to create contrast with the lines of the minimalist buildings.”
In addition to the original two-storey house with a minimal, warm white color, the architect adds characters to the house by choosing bricks with different construction techniques to provide color and texture and help minimize the plain and flatness of the house, making it look more dimensional.
The front brick wall connects to the inner space where the architect team also chose to use a brick wall at the entrance and continue to the back wall at the reception area. The brick wall also continuously flows into the curved wall serving as a waiting area and to the display shelf where drinking water is served to the customers. The brick walls harmonize the interior space, preventing each space inside from being totally separated from each other. This wall also helps to obscure the view of the service area and the entrance-exit at the back of the house as well.
“Actually, eyebrow tattoos are not painful. People may be nervous of the pain just by looking at the picture. Some may be concerned or worried since it is something done to their face, and they are unsure of how they will feel about it. So, I would want to make them relax before they are getting it done.”
As the owner wishes to create a comfortable environment for visitors to feel like they are staying at home or even their friends can wait and take some photos for their social media channels, which could be another way to promote the studio, the details for interior designs, apart from bricks, have been minimized through the use of white color in reception counters, floors, some walls and ceilings, acting as a background that reinforces the main material like bricks. The designer then enhances the warm homey environment by adding a proportion of wood into elements by retaining the original ceiling and joist as well as the original wooden beam position and building the finishing cover to conceal the unpresentable M&E system.
Before proceeding to the second story, there will be a door that serves as a barrier between the waiting room and the service area, where the customer will change their shoes before receiving the service. This door may be opened or closed based on usage, which helps to reduce air conditioner usage when a certain area is not in use.
For the open area of the original house on the second floor, the owner wants to partition it into rooms so that they could fully give their customers privacy and the best eyebrow tattoo service. The designer retains the original conditions from the stairs, joist, and wooden floor and applies colors to create a pleasant image. The center area is a waiting zone that becomes an Instagramable check-in zone. On the right of the waiting area is an office for staff and tattoo artists. On the left side is the area for tattoo service rooms where the architect maintains the leveled floor of the original house and adds a wall plane to divide the zone for optimal privacy.
Each service room receives natural light through various openings, creating a relaxing environment for visitors. Furthermore, the architect also lessens the environment of a typical beauty clinic, which comprises multiple small rooms by the design of the tattoo service room entry. The designer has built a free-form curving wall here by utilizing plywood to produce battens affixed to the wall, sprayed with texture paint to diminish the wall’s too-smooth touch, and gently bending the corner to disguise the entrance to the tattoo room behind those doors.
The building’s exterior, such as the fence, is intended to convey a sense of strength and longevity (for security purposes). At the same time, the owner prefers that the fence be open, allowing a partial view of the interior building from the street. As a result, the designer decided to use a steel frame that appears sturdy as the main frame of the fence and soften the hardness and opacity by adding small broken bricks. This contrast between the two materials makes the structure appear welcoming and ready to receive visitors.
The architect’s challenge of “how to add new elements to make it more fascinating without interfering with the original conditions” has resulted in the eyebrow tattoo studio in a simple and appealing two-story house through the installation of multiple vertical planes that blend in with the original walls. Also, the architect creates a more appealing approach to the building entry, along with considering the encompassing space that simultaneously sparks interest for internal use at the same time.
For those who are interest, contact and inquire at Brow Body Studio
Location : Bangkok, Thailand
Area : 218.50 sq.m.
Lead Architect : Tawanshine somboon
Interior Design : Jie Dissaraporn
Site Architect : Auey Ardsaya
Structure Engineer : chaiwat kaewkam
Photographer Credits : Tanatip Chawang