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    Architect transforms old thai storage into a light-filled, green oasis

    the new project of thailand-based architect skarn chaiyawat is a renovation of a rear part of a typical thai house built in the 50s, currently owned by a historian. originally, the space was used mainly as a book storage with a small kitchen, toilet and dining area. the height of the sloped ceiling was lower than 2.2 meters, and the lack of openings to the exterior resulted in a dark, untidy and uncomfortable space. inspired by the owner’s hobby of collecting books, the project aims to provide a serene and cozy living space with an appropriate amount of natural light for reading throughout the day.



    the overarching idea of chaiyawat’s project is focused on demolishing the existing sloped roof and ceiling, and replacing them with a new translucent artificial wood lath at 2.45 meters height to give a more comfortable feeling to the space. as the architect decided to raise the height of the ceiling, the neighboring spaces — the bathroom and kitchen — provide natural ventilation.



    due to the limited budget, the architect tried to reuse as much of the existing materials as possible in the new space. by keeping the existing red concrete floor in the dining and kitchen area and creating a new parquet floor in the living area, he visually separated the functions in the small space, without the need of vertical barriers. the floor is a combination of different sizes and colors parquet collected from all over the house.















    https://www.designboom.com/architect...ry-10-25-2018/


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    Look's just like a coffee table photo book spread.

    Let's see some photos when it's pissing down

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    Very nice visually. It shows why architects are worth their salt. The difference between a functioning space built by a building engineer and a both functioning and aesthetic space conceived by an architect.

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    We have an area about that size along one side of our house and adjacent to the klong.

    That design would be perfect.

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    Architect re-designs own home. Mechanic fixes own car. Doctor self prescribes two panadol for headache.

    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    the overarching idea of chaiyawat’s project is focused on demolishing the existing sloped roof and ceiling, and replacing them with a new translucent artificial wood lath at 2.45 meters height
    So he replaced the sloping roof with a lath artificial wood canopy that allows light through. But the text is a bit confusing because it says 'translucent artificial wood lath'. I don't think the material is translucent, it appears solid but spaced to allow light through. There must be carbolux panels above the lath so the rain does not come into the space. This usually comes with the growth of algae that stains the clear carbolux panels creating dark splotchy stains over time. Other than that I don't care for all the white. A stained wood or dark color would have looked better to me.
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    Could have cleaned the mildew off the existing wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Could have cleaned the mildew off the existing wall.
    Going for the aesthetic homey feel.
    Real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    So he replaced the sloping roof with a lath artificial wood canopy that allows light through.
    And raised it...very important.
    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    There must be carbolux panels above the lath so the rain does not come into the space. This usually comes with the growth of algae
    That's a point. As it is, a bitch to clean in between the laths. Perhaps an anti fungal clear coating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Going for the aesthetic homey feel.
    Not homey, rustic. And it is the "outside" area. Stark white would have given the "bushy" area a sterile feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Not homey, rustic. And it is the "outside" area. Stark white would have given the "bushy" area a sterile feel.
    Narrow and intolerant perspectives will vary, won't they?

    Absolutes.

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    Time to slip in a misplaced 'whom', isn't it jeff?

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    Being open also allows the unique smell of BKK to migrate unchallenged into the lounge, just in case you'd forgotten where you are.

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    Nice finishing touch with the barbed wire along the top of the wall to give it that prison exercise yard ambience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Narrow and intolerant perspectives will vary, won't they?
    Not yours.
    Consider the source.

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    wont last long looking that pretty,

    dirt, bird shit, rain, and pollution will turn that place into another Thai dirty hole in no time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    wont last long looking that pretty,dirt, bird shit, rain, and pollution will turn that place into another Thai dirty hole in no time
    Be like a home from home for you. one word Molenbeek

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    wont last long looking that pretty,

    dirt, bird shit, rain, and pollution will turn that place into another Thai dirty hole in no time

    Yes....the open air situations.
    Things that some have learned to live with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Originally Posted by Humbert
    So he replaced the sloping roof with a lath artificial wood canopy that allows light through.
    And raised it...very important.
    to 2.45M...wonder what it was before?

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    "the height of the sloped ceiling was lower than 2.2 meters"

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    2.2 meters"
    2.2M to 2.45M is not really that dramatic but I'm sure it helped. Must have been something structural or mechanical above to keep him from raising the ceiling more.

    The ceiling has to slope in the direction of the slats so the rain water doesn't accumulate.

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    Before and after shots would be good.

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