Project: roof house
Architects: Looklen Architects
Place: Khet Yan Nawa, Thailand
areas: 2.045 sf
Photos: Varp Studio
Roof house by Looklen Architects
Looklen Architects We have designed a lovely, modern extension for an ancient house in a residential area in Bangkok, Thailand.
The roof house was designed to expand the living space of the owner's family, which grew and took up more space. Since the residence is surrounded by more private houses on both sides, protecting the privacy of the residents was an important concern during the redesign and was handled quite elegantly.
This small house is called "Roof House" and is located in the area of Lat Phrao. It is an extension of the nearby ancient house. The country has a square shape of 16 × 16 meters; Past a small quiet street in the front area, surrounded by three-dimensional apartment buildings.
A landlord came up with the idea of expanding and improving the functions of the house. He served the various activities of the ancient house, in which he lived for more than 15 years. In addition, the roof house serves as a common room, in which the activities of various family members are gathered. For example, a relaxation area, a guest area, a piano class area for Saturday and Sunday events and a playground for dogs.
Due to the limited budget and limited space, Looklen Architects designed the layout as an open plan to combine all functions as one room. In addition, this design creates multi-purpose functions for future use. The edge of an existing tree in the middle of the country forms a courtyard in the middle of the house.
The central courtyard is also the focal point of the functions of every house. It also creates an airy area that is connected to the outside world. Nevertheless, it protects the privacy of the house by using the large wall elements that bend in front of the house. The character of Roof House is inspired by Tropical.
The roof is designed as a hipped roof with a hole in the middle to create an airy space for the house and to provide shade for other long eaves. The main structure is made of steel; The house mainly makes light ones. The front part is the most open area of the house, which was built with a span of 14 meters. It is said to be compatible with the central courtyard next to the sloping wall. This is an interesting way to enter the house.
An architect wants to unite the structure and space of the house as an element by connecting the angle between the roof and the interior ceiling. The architect also uses wood as the main material because it creates a warm atmosphere and reduces the echo. The connected wooden ceiling is also connected to the outside space in the room.
The architect developed a simple environment by generating light along the roof side. From the outside, there is a picket fence that looks like a double facade of the house. The roof of the house creates privacy for you. Nonetheless, neighborhoods can appreciate open spaces and green spaces.
When designing the roof house, the architect also takes energy savings into account by using the passive design method in harmony with the atmosphere. The architect separates one side of the hipped roof (north side) so that more wind and sunlight can penetrate through the courtyard. It has 5-meter windows with a view of the north and east and illuminates the house during the day. In addition, the long sliding partitions let the wind flow through the house. When all areas are open, they stop functioning as a semi-enclosed space.