The tropics’ soul in a house where the space is a fluid experience
River-view modern house with concrete and timber interiors
Duplex of contemporary inspiration accommodates three generations of a family in Bangkok
Discover a modern house on Charoen-Krung Road, right in the beating heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Strong of its breath-taking views on the Chao-Phaya river, the residence is conveniently located at a short distance from the Asiatique Riverfront, sky train, ferry terminal and influential node, Silom.
Although its apparent functionality, the 1980 condominium’s original layout offered relatively small studio units that could barely meet the extremely varying needs of a family spanning on three generations.
Architects of local firm Fattstudio opted for adjoining four previously separate dwellings stretching over a 180 square-metre area, in order to build a double-duplex on the building’s twelfth floor that allowed for double-height volumes and 360-degree panoramic views on the city centre.
Designers were asked to fulfil the client’s requirements for separate living spaces, while respecting the ban on changing the main entrance and original exterior facade. Therefore, major interventions interfered on the interior setting only, with the creation of two resized bathrooms next to the main service shaft position.
Adjacently to the main entrance, the staircase was demolished and relocated to the left side of the living, while 1/4 of the floor was opened into a double-height, exposed living room that comprised a dining and kitchen area.
The living and bedrooms’ contemporary interiors include polished panelled concrete walls and wooden staircases with open risers.
The kitchen unfolds around a vintage feel, thanks to the white majolica tiles on the walls, industrial lighting fixtures, and long dining table made out from raw wood and bordered by black-painted seats of graphic inspiration.
The downstairs bathroom was shrunk down into a wardrobe, while an L-shaped concrete bench with drawers and storage spaces was arranged beneath the stairs. The upper floor was split into two personal living areas, connected by a single hallway that leads to two bedrooms, two shower rooms, two walk-in closets and two private balconies.
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