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Many people are familiar with the atmosphere of a luxury hotel with spacious and luxurious space, but who would have thought that the hotel design concept would be perfectly put into a residential home until the Normal Practice, designed by Normal Practice, took over the hotel space and natural materials in the design, making both the exterior and interior of the building look incredibly modern, expansive, and luxurious.
The same space as in the hotel
Previously, the owner of the home mostly lived in a condominium and worked in hotels regularly, therefore he desired a house with magnificent and luxurious scale and space, as well as wanted to include natural elements such as stone and wood in the design. This house’s design must be always modern. The architect then addressed the challenge of providing this house with a luxurious modern style that allows nature to become a part of the house.
Contradictory proportions but perfect with overlapping
With the size of the building form being proportionately large, but all functions still have to be in human proportion, the overlap method must be utilized to design the two elements in relation to each other. For example, the stairs in front of the building’s entrance are stretched out and overlapped with the first floor, making the two portions look less clashing and creating a coherent language for the building.
The reception and the private areas are separated by a courtyard in the middle.
On a plot of more than 2.5 rai plot, the architect placed service functions such as a parking lot, washing area, and maintenance rooms next to the neighbor and created a reception area with facilities like a guest dining area and a fitness room in the front. The private area, which consists of the family room, bedroom, and model collection room, is then separated by the courtyard, swimming pool, Koi Pond, and Sunken seating.
“The hallways connecting the two buildings are fairly distant. When visitors walk pass this way, they will feel uneasy and reluctant to enter this area.”
Use the material plane to embrace the space
The guest dining room is set up with a 16-seater table that provides an elegant environment with the Black Forest paving along the length of the L-shaped wall and to the cabinet of the island table which makes the space between the table and the island appear to be the same area. In addition, the architect created the void in the double space area, allowing natural light to reflect the teak slats and create shadows that enhance the beauty of the wood.
“In addition, I also built a teak batten plane for the waterfall garden to the doorway in the private section, which also uses an L-shaped plane. I created a plane like this to emphasize the clarity of the space even more.”
9-meter-high family hall
The family hall is about 9 meters high from the floor to the ceiling. When arranging the built-in furniture, the proportions appear inconsistent. The architect uses a large glowing stone wall to connect the room and the furniture as one unit. Meanwhile, at night, there are dim lights that will be turned on by automatic sensors.
“I also applied an L-shaped plane to the second-floor section with black aluminum slats, laying from the front of the house to the inside, where the front wall is placed alongside travertine marble material.”
House with a private spiral staircase and a communal staircase
This house has been designed to have staircase access in 2 areas: a private spiral staircase in the family hall dedicated to the entrance to the Master bedroom and the main staircase hall that uses Bookmatch Marble for both walls and floors, which provides beautiful continuous patterns.
The building looks light with crossed columns
With the modern style, the architect utilizes the process of developing the Star Column floating column by splicing 4 sections of angle steel to form a cross, which is unique in that it makes the construction of the building seem light but still robust, inspired by the modern era’s mogul, Mies van der Rohe.
Cigar Bar style room, the lone vintage space
Since every room is created in a modern style, the owner of the house, therefore, wants the architect to design a living room for close friends in the Cigar Bar style that gives a feeling of calm, coolness, and a vintage appeal. The architect chose to use Terminalia wood material to embellish the room and insert a void to see the supercars in the parking hall.
In addition, the owner of the house is a person who likes to collect works of art and model figures that he likes and respects. Therefore, there is a collecting room where the owner can sit and admire or do activities.
The difficulty for this house is Scale
“The difficulty of the house is its size, which is larger than 2,900 square meters, which is almost the size of a hotel. Therefore, I must try to control the scale to reach a beauty ratio that is still relevant to the Human Scale function, where components that are not related to the function will be scaled up as necessary. For example, the overlapped two front buildings make the mass forms look dense to some extent. If the fitness building is not hidden behind a thin wall, the whole building will feel heavier and unbalanced. Due to the complexity of the scale, this house had to be designed to be as simple as possible.”
Credit :Architectural and
Interior Design: Normal Practice
Structural Design: KEYSTONE Consultant
Lighting Design: Aey Jongsiriwanich
Garden Design: Lana Design Studio
Image: SkyGround architectural film & photography