J Residence by TROP : terrains + open space

The landscape enriches the life of its lone owner.

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项目概述 | Project Statement


Built on an empty 1.5-acre plot right next to an old golf course in the outskirts of Bangkok, this private garden represented the life of its lone owner, a senior bachelor. The landscape did not only act as an eye candy, but also used as extension parts of the house itself. The masterplan addressed the needs of the owner right from the very moment he arrived home. A series of ‘Garden Rooms’ were strategically purposed to serve different functions for the owner throughout each day.

▼J住宅私人庭院,J Residence private garden


项目说明 | Project Narrative


J residence is a private house of a senior bachelor, a successful businessman, who lived with his service assistants. To keep himself company, the owner usually invited his friends to visit and enjoy the facilities at his residence. Eventually the house was not enough to serve his purposes, so the design team strategically created the garden as extended parts of the house and called them ‘Garden Rooms’.

▼J住宅门前庭院,the courtyard in front of the J Residence


Other than his work and his travelling, the owner normally spent a major portion of his time at home. The landscape was designed to serve him right from the moment he arrived home. The Arrival court was proposed as a clean and simple courtyard right in front of his doorstep. The road surface was kept at minimum, just enough to connect the Arrival Court and parking lots. 2 major landscape elements, the Tree Gallery and the Main Axis Corridor, were used as circulation backbones, leading the owner and his guests to different parts throughout the site.

▼中轴走廊,the Main Axis Corridor

▼景观设计风格干净而简单,clean and simple


‘Garden Rooms’ were attached along the main circulation corridors. Each was similarly used as rooms in typical house, such as function room, party room, play room, sitting room, reading room, dining room, etc. However, these rooms were different from interior rooms because they were ‘Living’ rooms. These rooms were basically made of ‘Living’ elements, groundcovers, shrubs, hedges, and trees. They were not separated by concrete walls, letting the wind flowing through. Their ceilings consisted of green canopies, allowing sunlight to get in.

▼主要走廊,the main circulation corridor

▼主要走廊连接的餐厅及露台,the dining room and the terrace connected by the main corridor

▼餐厅旁的景观,the view of the dining room

▼阳光透过植物顶篷,green canopies allowing sunlight to get in


▼庭院细部,details of the garden

与西方庭院不同,泰式庭院在带来视觉享受的同时还有种植食材的作用。泰国人自古以来就有在自家后花园种植食材的传统,这些花园被称为“Pak Suan Krua”,字面意思是“厨房花园”。本庭院也采用了相同的理念,唯一不同的是,这里看起来与英式花园一样美丽。

Unlike western gardens, Thai gardens were not only for visual purposes, they were also edible. Since the ancient time, we planted what we wanted to eat in our backyard, calling it ‘Pak Suan Krua’, literally meaning ‘Kitchen Garden’. The same concept was also applied at J Residence. The only different was that here, at first glance, it appeared just like an English garden.

▼和英式花园一样美丽,it appeared just like an English garden


Adjacent to an old golf course, even though previously empty, the site of J Residence was already surrounded by pleasant scenery. To maximize the potential of the garden, the design team strategically blurred the borderline. Instead of setting the boundary to separate the garden from its surrounding, Reflecting Pond was proposed at the edge to integrate the garden with the neighboring golf course.

▼倒影池塘,Reflecting Pond

▼模糊了庭院与高尔夫球场之间的边界,blur the borderline between the garden and the golf course

▼夜景,night view

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