Baan Hom Din
March 16, 2022
LIGHTLY TOUCHING THE GROUND AND TUCKED AWAY
Blink and you might miss it, although that was the intention of the owners for this new design-and-build house.
Located at the edge of a small village, more than 350 kilometres away from Bangkok, this house is unlike any other in its surroundings—the wide, sloping pedestrian ramp defines the entrance to the property, alongside bamboo fencing that curves around the perimeter of tree canopies. Despite the size of the ramp, the house does not ‘shout’ its existence—it instead shrouds its cluster of rectangular masses behind trees that line the main road.
This abode belongs to a couple who are doctors. They have been staying at a doctors’ residence downtown, but had wanted to build a private house to welcome a new member of their family. As such, the house needs to have easy access within the home and privacy within the rural setting. The architects addressed these requests by organising the main idea around elevating the house above ground and connecting it to the people-friendly ramp.
FORM AND MATERIALITY
The architecture was intended to have a humble expression that is harmonious with the rural context, while also being different enough to express the owner’s personality. Thus, it took the form of grey-painted, lightweight concrete blocks—a material chosen for its practicality and ease of construction, considering the project’s distance from the city—topped by a gable roof. Besides being commonly used in the area, the gable roof here is able to harness the advantages of natural daylight: around 75 per cent of the enclosed rooms are covered by transparent fibreglass roof panels, enabling hot air to rise to the top to help cool the interior space.
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Baan Hom Din
Phetchabun Province, Thailand
3,370 square metres
Gross Floor Area
240 square metres (terraces); 175 square metres (enclosed areas)
Number of Rooms
Waranyu Makarabhirom; Sonthad Srisang
Chulakarnchange Co Ltd
Civil & Structural Engineer