The first House #11 was the childhood home of the architect-owner of #11 II. The modest two-bedroom, two-storied detached house with a two-car garage housed the family of five, which later moved out due to the need for more space. The structure was then demolished, and the property emptied, for nearly two decades. One of the siblings has recently returned to the neighborhood to re-build on the old family lot.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©Spaceshift Studio
▼体块研究，volume study ©Beautbureau
The architect superimposed #11 II –a new three-bedroom, two-storied house—on top of the approximate L-shaped footprint of the first. Over the old lawn where mango trees grew, at the southwest corner of the lot, now sits an addition –a double-storied building that houses the architect’s office. Connecting the residence and the office with outdoor terraces on both levels, in effect, makes an architectural compound of nine quarters demarcated by four lines (#) —a nod to the classic nine-square-grid pedagogical instrument.
▼顶视图，top view ©Spaceshift Studio
On the small plot of 480 sqm, the additional programs necessitate minimizing perimeter setback on all sides, which results in the spatial configuration that internalizes gardens and open spaces. Two green courtyards occupy two of the nine quarters, while the center is left entirely open to the sky.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©Spaceshift Studio
▼建筑中部为开放的庭院，open courtyard at the center of the project ©Spaceshift Studio
▼居住和办公体块分别设置在房屋一角，living and office masses on the separated corners of the project ©Spaceshift Studio
▼入口，entrance ©Spaceshift Studio
▼工作室建筑旁的庭院，courtyard beside the office building ©Spaceshift Studio
▼庭院，courtyards ©Spaceshift Studio
▼中央庭院，central courtyard ©Soopakorn Srisakul for Room Magazine Thailand
Bedroom and office pavilions on the upper level are high-ceilinged, arranged in separate corners, and enveloped in black latticed facades. Open terrace, verandah and walkway connect the pavilions. The spatial characteristics resemble that of the traditional Thai house (Ruen Thai), in which individual pavilions –bedrooms (Ruen Non), living + dining area (Hor Nang), kitchen (Ruen Krua) — are clustered around an open terrace (Charn) on an elevated platform. The ground floor of the office building is multipurpose and airy, with ample openings and sliding partitions, mimicking the versatile ground floor space underneath the platform (Tai Thun) of the vernacular Ruen Thai.
▼连接上层卧室和工作室的连廊和露台，corridor and terrace connecting the bedrooms and office on the upper floor ©Spaceshift Studio
▼二层露台，terrace on the second floor ©Spaceshift Studio
The black latticed facades are prefabricated panels made of wood plastic composite. While their (pre)fabrication method references that of patterned wood panels (Fa Pakon) that constitute Ruen Thai’s walls, the pattern is abstracted, the color desaturated & intensified, and the aesthetics contemporized. Wrapped over both the solid walls and the voids, the black skin unifies the entire upper level, forming an elevated cluster of seemingly monolithic masses that hovers over the monochromatic white components of the ground floor.
▼木塑复合板格栅细部，closer view to the lattice made of wood plastic composite panels ©Spaceshift Studio
Nostalgia plays a significant role in the rest of the material palette. New materials —most prominently the facades’ and exterior decks’ wood plastic composite—are deliberately countered with the old set of materials from the first House #11: terrazzo, local Thai marble, wooden doors and windows, textured cement render, weathered brass hardware and fittings. Memories of the old are preserved within the materiality of the new.
▼底层起居空间，living and dining space on the ground floor ©Spaceshift Studio
▼从客厅看向庭院，view to the courtyard from the living room ©Spaceshift Studio
▼底层露台，terrace on the ground floor ©Spaceshift Studio
▼工作室底层的多功能空间，multipurpose space at the ground floor of the office building ©Spaceshift Studio
▼室外楼梯，outdoor staircase ©Spaceshift Studio
▼由滑动隔断分隔的空间，space divided by sliding partitions ©Spaceshift Studio
▼二层工作室，office on the second floor ©Spaceshift Studio
▼通往夹层的楼梯，stair connecting to the mezzanine ©Spaceshift Studio
▼办公空间，office ©Spaceshift Studio
▼卧室，bedroom ©Soopakorn Srisakul for Room Magazine Thailand
▼夜景，night view ©Spaceshift Studio
▼不同材料的对比，contrast between different materials ©Beautbureau
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan ©Beautbureau
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Beautbureau
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Built Area: 550 sqm
Lead Architect: Bea Vithayathawornwong
Structural Engineers: Next Innovation Engineering
MEP & HVAC Consultants: Next Innovation Engineering
Lighting Designer: Atelier Ten Bangkok
Contractor: Siam PYC Engineering
Photo Credits: Spaceshift Studio; except photos titled XRM—by Soopakorn Srisakul for Room Magazine Thailand