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From the land in his hometown in Lom Sak district, Phetchabun province to a casual vacation house craftly designed by an architect from Architecture’s Matter through the concept of respecting the original context and allowing the surrounding nature and the vacation house complement each other, giving the owner a fresh experience, he has never encountered.
The area is surrounded by bamboo groves and rivers
According to the challenges, the owner intended to build a vacation house in the same vicinity as his parents and relatives. He would come around twice a month. Staff and students will also pay him regular visits, as he is a financial instructor.
“During the site inspection, we discovered a sizable bamboo clump that was up to 10 meters high, encircling the entire area, where there is the sound of the wind blowing against the bamboo. Although the area is adjacent to Pasak River but it is just a narrow range and not particularly attractive. We also discovered that the entire region floods during the rainy season. So we had to research the statistics on water levels and decided to conduct land leveling in order to prevent floods.”
Allowing the nature and the vacation house complement each other
Given the owner’s childhood acquaintance with the site, the architect opted to employ a concept that respects the existing space and context, allowing nature and the house to complement each other to provide a fresh viewpoint and a space that gives a homeowner a new experience.
Build an L-shaped building to open the view to nature.
As for the layout of the space, the architect choses to design the building in an L shape to separate Public and Private zone. The Public zone is designed as an Open Plan start from the pantry, the dining area, and the living area, all of which are equipped with sizable sliding windows to provide views of the natural courtyard. There are also terraces around the building where everyone can go out and sit down or socialize with the team.
The middle corridor leads to a private section that includes two guest suites and two spacious bedrooms. The first room (right) is occupied by the brother, who is a frequent visitor. The second room (left) is for the homeowner. He could see a view of the natural courtyard through a huge sliding glass door. There is also a separate balcony where residents may unwind and enjoy the fresh air.
“We tried to gradually build up the feeling. From the closed house which cannot be clearly seen the interior to the sliding mirrors inside the house, the focal point moved to the central courtyard with bamboo forests encircling it. Even with the heat coming from the south, bamboo forests help filter the light to a certain extent. At the same time, noon sunshine still shines on the center courtyard, adding to the courtyard’s appeal.”
“We’re attempting to design all the connecting openings to allow air to be ventilated throughout the day without the need for air conditioning or to create the skylight voids on the corridor ceiling to make the space doesn’t appear opaque and also save energy. These are how Passive Design works.”
Stay calm and smooth with horizontal lines
The architects emphasized on horizontal lines on the walls, terraces, and roofs in proportions greater than straight lines, as well as brick materials that used horizontal construction methods to give the building a stable, smooth look and to conceal the private space. In addition, natural stone is used to make the building appear to be a part of nature.
“With the design of the wall, we opted to cover the pillars with the the wall. The wall features a gap in the center where air flows through. So, whether it’s summer or winter, it helps to keep the inside of the building from being excessively hot or chilly.”
Create a new perspective that gives the house at their the most attractive.
Another significant highlight is the courtyard’s outdoor seating. The architect adopted the method of land filling and allowing the seats to be buried into the ground, providing a view of the home at a 45-degree angle where the house and sky are at their the most attractive. When doing activities or resting and relaxing, it is beneficial to create fresh experiences that goes beyond just nature.
Challenging and enjoyable experience for the architect
The architect attempted to keep the house as plain and uncomplicated as possible. However, the detailed were altered along the process in each space to make the most of the project, which necessitates continual interaction with the contractor. Due to the 5–6-hour trip duration, the architect can only inspect the site 1-2 times each month. Before starting to inspect the construction site, it is necessary to plan various inspections to determine what needs to be adjusted or altered to ensure that the works are completed on time for the next inspection. Materials also needs to be precise. Despite some challenges in the building process, the owner trusts the architect and is amenable to practically all of his property design. This allows him to explore with new details, which provides him with a lot of joy and new experiences.
Completion Year: 2022
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 330 m2
Project Location: Petchabun, Thailand
Lead Architects: Nattapon Hongthong , Pongsatorn Phimnualsri , Nachapon Rujirasopon
Photo Credits: Rungkit Charoenwat