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Even though the ancient building has deteriorated beyond repair, it is unavoidable to remark that the old building is a memory of the neighborhood that produces a positive sensation and provides a nostalgic ambiance in a manner that modern structures cannot provide. Therefore, Yung7 Eatery & Lifestyle has established from the intention of the husband and wife to store the 7th rice barn along the river in Pathum Thani Province, which is the family’s last remaining barn, and to renovate it into a restaurant and a lifestyle space that combines and revives the old era and the new era to be remembered by the family and the community in the future.
“This area used to be the owner’s family business’s old barn. There were several barns in the past. But since this area is next to the river bend, the tide swept away the soil, causing many old barns to collapse. Barn No. 7 is the last remaining barn. With the soil steadily decreasing, the owner wanted to keep this last piece of barn. So, he started building the pier before planning to build a restaurant or some kind of business that could make this area self-sustaining,” stated, the architect from Alkhemist Architects.
Contrast appearance of the 3-function building
Although the concept originated from the old building, establishing a large-scale restaurant whose location is far from the city requires more attractive features than just being an old building to attract customers. The architect then began to look for ideas by proposing the design of buildings in the New Era and the Old Era styles to create contemporary structures, producing a contrasting yet coexisting ambiance. Another issue is that if the structure resembles a barn, the large-scale size of a new restaurant may draw attention away from the existing structure, diminishing its significance.
When the architect consulted with the interior designer, from Huippu Design, he decided that he wanted to make the building stand out as much as possible from the existing barn. The new restaurant will be a Post-Modern structure that will help the barn stand out and look more contemporary.
In addition to the function of Yung7 Eatery & Lifestyle which serves as a semi-multipurpose event building and the restaurant building that has indoor and outdoor seating zones, there are also a Clubhouse and a separate pier, in which this zone will be a private area that allows large groups of customers who like to do water activities to rent an open space for a private meeting with a locker room and a shower room inside.
“How do you design these three structures to connect into one story where the barn and restaurant cubes are in different languages? We also take into consideration Pathum Thani’s setting as a semi-suburban city with a significant number of industrial companies. A semi-factory-like language that we adopt may be a continuation of the city’s development history. The triangular gable construction of the barn served as the beginning point for this hybrid structure. There is a restaurant section with a post-modern style using the Arch and ending with a building that looks like a factory barn.”
Something More: As the original barn building was quite dilapidated, the architect had to demolish it and build a new barn building. However, all the original building methods such as the roof structure and walls were used in the new barn building’s design.
The arrangement is simple, yet it conceals some ‘ambiguity’.
“We define what it means to blend the old and the new stuff. Finally, I thought of the word ambiguous. An excellent piece of architecture or art should allow people to consume, use, interpret, or sense it, which will be entertaining for visitors attempting to make sense of stuff that’s going on in the facilities by themselves.”
Although the arrangement was simple, the architect’s description of ‘ambiguous’ was utilized as a general basis for the intricacies of the design of many elements, generating several planes of architecture from the barn construction, chimneys, and buildings with interwoven planes divided by color. People may assume it is a two-story structure from the exterior entry, but when we come inside, it is simply a single-story room that is partially opened in a double volume and has a curving opening to let natural light into the area.
Next to the Double Volume section, the ceiling is lowered down and designed as a skylight that corresponds to the view of the corridor outside, continuing to the outdoor seating area and the Chao Phraya River. This corridor serves as a barrier to keep the building from being overly visible from the riverside.
Interior that is further from the design of the building.
The Ambiguity and the Mon family heritage
The interior designer works in conjunction with the exterior building. The ambiguity that isn’t obvious in one design is therefore introduced into the interior design. For various elements, including the design of the Furniture Layout, interior designers have chosen to use floating furniture in numerous colors and forms to create a distinct sitting ambiance in each corner, as well as various groove lines occurred by dividing the material, resulting in lines of floors, bars, and walls.
The furniture is arranged in each corner according to its function, including a large table for the family, the built-in side seat, the window seat, which is a set of low-rise furniture to become a chill-out waterside seat, as well as the highlight such as a large table in the corner designed to become a VIP zone with a view of the river’s bend.
Various patterns of materials used in the interior design.
Another design element used by the interior team is Sabai Mon fabric, which originates from the wife’s family’s heritage. The pattern has been transcribed and is utilized in a variety of places, including the stone lines around the bar counter, whose designs were created using actual Sabai Mon fabric and a custom-made sculpture. “We enlarged the scale and made it more modern. As a result, the house will neither appear nor feel like a Thai house or a Mon house. But, still, there’s a hint of something hidden.”
“I believe in timing, which is based on the setting, the circumstances, and the purpose of the restaurant’s design. Some businesses may wish to be established to make a profit and are willing to close down in the short term, but for Yung 7, we knew from the beginning that it was a bond and cherished feeling to a place that had previously belonged to the family. The owner thus wants to build something that will endure for a long time and makes him more proud of this location. Our design blends the capacity to make these structures last for a long time with contemporary viral enthusiasm.”
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