A Fun-Loving House
A single-storey house designed with space to make living at home like staying at a resort.

How enjoyable would it be to unwind at home but feel like visiting the resort every day?
With the working environment in the latex industry not being very aesthetically pleasing, either in terms of smell or job site location, one of the prominent members of Ban Mak Muan wanted this new house both to fulfill the basic functions of family living and to serve as a getaway home to help balance life from the accumulated work-related stress and to recover as if they had come to relax in a resort.

“We consider the big picture, which is that we want this house to be a resort-like house. That is, it offers an immersive sensory experience to live in,” stated the house’s architects, S Pace Studio.

Aside from the perceived experience, which must be incorporated into the design of the home located in Ban Khok Mai Ngam, Si Chomphu District, Khon Kaen Province, which is a kilometer away from the village, the problem of safety and emotionally safety must also be considered.

A one-story house that wraps around the space through an L-shaped layout.

According to the capacity of the land that is quite spacious, the architect believes that designing a one-story house that stretches horizontally should be more suitable for the two owners to live comfortably in their old age. In the design, therefore, all three challenges were addressed together (consisting of experience perception – safety – one-storey house), resulting in an L-shaped layout with an acute angle opening on one side. This L-shape has the advantage of being able to create an encircling space through creating only two lines, forming a courtyard in the center, where the architect purposefully places an acute angle of the plan facing the original Makha woodland and  Siamese rosewood forest at the back of the house and turned the wide triangle side to the view of the open lawn, offering a wide view on one side of the land.

The building plan.

The central court area is also intended to serve as a transition zone, linking the interior and outdoor regions without disrupting the neighboring community area, in response to the owner’s propensity of hosting parties.

The functionality is neatly segregated inside the L-shaped layout. The left wing serves a private purpose; for example, the three bedrooms are flanked by a long corridor. On the right side, there is a shared space that may be utilized by all. The dining room, pantry, and living room are all merged into one space before linking to the house’s patio and swimming pool in the center.

Create an experience that is blended into the environment.

The land was originally a wide-open area prior to the construction of the house, so the architect intended to create a landscape and a mound for the residents of the house to feel like they were a part of the area, resulting in a line of landscape work that gradually flowed from the front lawn into the internal court area.

“We designed a setting for the shrubbery to blend in, from the outside flowing into the inside in curved lines, forming a small boundary which ends at a big tree as a leading line. All of these will have light and obscuration impacts. It all comes down to accessibility. This gives users the impression that the building is a part of the environment we’ve developed while remaining in sync with the original surroundings.”

This opening of views to the west and south is followed by heat. The designer solved the problem by adding a large Shading to cover the end of the L shape, forming a triangular pyramid shape. The slatted roof that acts as Shading will surround the house and completely creating a court in the center of the house. The design team creates this slat Shading plane to create a connection with the exterior where the courtyard will be integrated into the landscaping as well.

“Once we built a triangular Shading, we planned the pool position parallel to one wing of the L-Shaped building with Shading on the above to create more than one space for the swimming experience. Users will feel safe inside the court while being able to enjoy the view if they swim away from the house, creating a different feeling.”

Safe from the building’s enclosure.

One important thing is to make the entire common area courtyard appears safe through the enclosure of the building. Only the plane used for enclosure is designed not to be too dense. When we stand in the garden and look into the house, the angle of the aluminum battens and the refraction will make it dense and conceal the view of the internal functions. On the other hand, when gazing out from within the home, the environment around the house is clearly visible. It provides residents with a sense of security and privacy while also creating a connected experience between the interior and exterior spaces.

Something More: “We have a small budget. But how can we make it reflect as much of the house’s potential as possible while still blending in with the surrounding environment?” Architects chose to incorporate portions of the northeast house wall, which shows the horizontal Stud lines of the timber wings, into the interior and external walls. The architect employed a steel structure on the external wall for strength while using ready-made materials on the interior, imitating a Stud wall with interlacing vertical and horizontal lines.

Location : Si Chomphu District, Khon Kaen Province
Area : 330 square meters
Budget : Main building work 7 million baht, Interior decoration 1.2 million baht, Decorative furnishings 8 hundred thousand, Landscape 1 million baht (total 10 million baht)
Contractor : K. Kitrungruang Co., Ltd.
Engineer : Bandai (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Rangsima Arunthanavut

Rangsima Arunthanavut