To address the boxed air-conditioned living in cities, Bangkok-based Studionomad has designed the Lom Hai Jai residential project which aims to bring a more human-centric architecture to built urban environments, especially focusing on natural light and airflow. Its goal is to achieve a unique design at an affordable price with ideal level of privacy for each of the residents. The 1,500m² project located in Bangkok’s Khet Lat Phrao district, comprises five units in the form of townhouse building. The lead architects on the project, Tanokorn Wangpeerawong, Choat Aussawasuteerakul, designed the house as a U-shaped structure with a courtyard that connects the house spatially. The position of the courtyard is strategically placed to allow the building to have many front-facing outdoor spaces which is a departure from the regular townhouse buildings.
The upper part of architectural façade functions as a divider of the balcony to the exterior space. Privacy is preserved via the double layer façade with the outer ones as battens allowing users to look outside and maintaining airflow through the various opening of the house.
There are variations of opening designed specifically in harmony with the tree of each unit – a unique signature for each. Each of the function is connected visually via a central inner courtyard. The U-shape planning fully utilises the usage of the inner courtyard for individual bedrooms and provides visual access for each function to the shared areas.
Each room is provided with two or more openings placed to maximise airflow. Working with landscape architect Jutaporn Yontamoot, the second-floor garden balcony platform brings nature inside. This also allows natural light in every space of the house, making it completely functional during the day without having to rely on artificial light.
Photos: Supee Juntranggur / Choat Ausswasuteerakul