Situated not far from Bangkok's city center, on Ratchada main road, lies the district known as the new Chinatown, which is surrounded by Chinese restaurants and mainland China offices. Nestled within a deep, narrow alley, just 700m from the subway station, a young couple has chosen to establish their residence. Their aim is to create a home that can accommodate their future family expansion while being enveloped by a lush green landscape.
The project commences with an essay authored by the husband and wife, elucidating their vision for the new home. The article provides insights into what will transpire within the premises. The design process, meticulously developed and endorsed by a monograph, ensures the residence's quality. The land is divided into distinct sections—an anterior and posterior portion with the dining area positioned centrally between the two courtyards. Within the house, a clear segregation exists: the left wing houses private programs, while the opposite wing is designated for service programs. The upper floor follows a similar layout, with the master bedroom and daughter's room located on the left side, while a future bedroom occupies the other wing. A kids' living room, designed to cater to the family's evolving needs, bridges the two wings.
The primary open spaces in both sections of the house have been thoughtfully designed by the landscape architect to accommodate the building's functionalities. The front open space has been prepared as a parking area, with lush shrubs arranged beneath a transparent roof to foster greenery growth. This area leads to the house entrance and seamlessly connects to the densely green workspace upfront. A fish pond has been strategically placed between the indoor living spaces and the green area, creating a tranquil atmosphere in the backyard. To meet the homeowner's needs, a compact swimming pool with a waterfall wall has been incorporated, while large trees are positioned in the middle of the backyard. These significant trees provide ample shade for the indoor dining area. Moreover, the landscape architect has created a garden for the back workspace, featuring bamboo fences, bamboo plants, and moss-covered ground, establishing a serene and functional environment suitable for activities such as meditation or nighttime work. Additionally, surrounding areas at various distances have been filled with green spaces, effectively maximizing the limited space around the house and enveloping it in a natural ambiance provided by the trees.
This house has taught us one thing: allowing homeowners to have a greater say in decision-making, surpassing the role of the designer, does not necessarily lead to unfavorable outcomes. On the contrary, it enables us to witness distinctive results a different manifestation that aligns with the owner's preferences. The architectural language or style, which may deviate from familiarity, presents a challenge, urging us to break away from conventional approaches. Ultimately, it has the potential to bring even greater satisfaction to the owner compared to traditional perspectives.