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StudioMiti once used brick when designing the Starbucks Wang Noi branch. With great passion, the designer developed the use of bricks for a High Brick House or floating brick house that created an airy and comfortable living space, creating the charm of warm dim lighting, and connecting them with high halls to be able to hear and see the activities of the occupants even in different areas of the house.
The desire for an English-style house
Based on the architect’s preference and passion for brick, the architect experimented with combining brick, wood, and steel to create a new design alternative. At the same time, the homeowners enjoyed and appreciated his work. So, they asked the architect if he could design their house in the style of houses in England, using brick and without fences. The house must contain functions that respond to the lifestyle, such as a gym, an office, a study room, a pantry, a kitchen, etc.
“Both landlords are pilots with inconsistent work schedules. When they get home from work, the house should be as quiet and dark as possible.”
A 4 – storey house without fences but providing privacy
The architect designed this house to be a 4-storey house. The first floor consists of parking spaces, a gym, and the system works. The second floor has a relaxation area, reception, dining, pantry, and kitchen. This floor became a center for distributing space to other areas, such as the bedroom, office, and study room on the 3rd floor, as well as the washing area and an outdoor garden on the 4th floor.
“Given the unsealed nature of the house, the resting area must be positioned on the second floor, coupled with the context of this floor that gives a panorama view of the opposite area. The architect also designs a Double Volume Hall to give the living a sense of airiness and comfort, while allowing the residents to see and hear the movements of each other even they are in a different area.”
The brick house floated as the front pillars are removed
The architect designed the building as a stacked rectangular mass, with each section having a height of 3.80 meters. He created an opening with a steel folding door, screen, and mirror on both the north and the south, which are the front and the back of the building. This allows the wind to blow inside the building throughout the day. The walls on the west side are kept closed to prevent light and heat in the afternoon. In addition, all the pillars at the entrance to the building have been removed, making the structure appear to be a floating massive brick. The brick was also cut in half to make the edge of the building look as thin as 30 centimeters and used a double-layer masonry technique to prevent water leakage.
“We consulted with engineers about removing the pillars in front of the building. The engineers have suggested increasing a larger beam size on the 3rd floor. So, we designed the beams to become a piece of furniture that the resident can sit on or can utilize as a bookshelf. Also, we used double-layer masonry as we once used the one-story masonry technique but there were water leakage and moss as the bricks are usually porous, hence requiring a flawless construction.”
Use high-temperature bricks to create a charming building pattern
The architect used high-temperature bricks to provide good protection against the sun and rain. The bricks have naturally formed textures and lines. When building the walls, the architects chose to leave the grooves of the plaster stain to create a more natural charm of the house.
“To appreciate the beauty of bricks, you must first comprehend their nature.”
The void caused by the building set back
Although the house on the west side does not have an opening, there must be a setback on the third floor, resulting in the idea of leaving an opening that creates a highlight for the midday light to cast down the stairs until it forms a shadow. In addition, the architect altered the brick patterns on the wall, leaving certain spaces by placing acrylic panels to create a more shadowed dimension.
Combination of steel and wood for the house
The architect installed large steel folding doors to create security during the owner’s absence, in which they can also pull out the wire-framed doors to enjoy a nice breeze. In addition, old wood is used for flooring due to its less shrinkage property and has the charm of traces of use in the past. In addition, they have installed colorful leather furniture that matches the wood and installed built-in furniture that still employs wood and steel materials for storage. In addition to being built-in furniture, it also acts as a railing at the same time.
Straightforward Material Finishing
The architect tried to straightforwardly give the finishing details, such as the steel slats of the railings, being welded to the concrete of the stairs, giving the impression that the steel vanishes into the concrete and breaks the timber before it reaches the slats, which helped to create clarity for the material without any concealment.
Homeowners give design freedom
Fortunately, the homeowners gave us a lot of trust and design freedom, from selecting bricks, and removing the house’s pillars, to choosing decoration items. They always asked us when they needed to decorate the house which brought us fun and new challenges.