adobe brick and timber create a contemporary 'tale of earth and wood' in thailand
 

adobe brick and timber create a contemporary 'tale of earth and wood' in thailand

on a site uniquely situated between lamyai tree orchards and rice fields — boasting views of the mountains of northern thailand — chiangmai life architects (CLA) has designed a modern residence named, a tale of earth and wood. the architects were tasked with interpreting natural materials through a contemporary lens, and integrating the home in harmony with its environment and surroundings. the use of adobe brick walls and wooden roof structures were designed to make this earth and wood residence meet needs of a 21st century family.


all images by alberto cosi | drone photography by markus roselieb (CLA)

 

 

‘a tale of earth and wood’ comprises a private wing with 4 bedrooms: 3 for the children, and a master bedroom with views of the adjacent rice fields. chiangmai life architects has incorporated the common rooms — living room, dining space, kitchen, swimming pool and entertainment space — centrally within the home. a second-floor mezzanine provides inhabitants with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, and is designated as home office and reading space. on the other side of the common area is a free-standing guest cottage with its own sunset veranda. living areas rely on natural ventilation and the natural materials’ inherent thermal insulation capabilities for cooling. the roof structure is designed in line with traditional thai architecture, with ventilation openings that induce air circulation as hot air rises.

 

 

wood elements throughout the home have been employed as naturally as possible to show off the structural and decorative features of the design. the wood was sealed and treated with clear oil to celebrate ‘nature’s own design’, bringing out the characteristics and imperfections inherent in the timber. the residence’s walls are built from adobe bricks self-made from local clay, sand and bamboo shavings. while small irregularities, round corners, and texture gives clues to the underlying material, the finishing is so smooth that differentiating between earthen walls and conventional walls is nearly impossible. meanwhile, lime has been combined with fine earth powder to achieve a strong and water-resistant outer coating.

 

 

throughout the dwelling, flooring is derived from stone tiles, further enhancing the use of natural materials and providing a cooling effect that is both practical and comfortable to touch. to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible, and add a local touch, the car port, barn and entrance gate were all made of bamboo.

 

 

 

project info:

 

project name: a tale of earth and wood
architect: chiangmai life architects (CLA)
completion year: 2018
built area: 696 sqm
project location: chiang mai, thailand
photographer: alberto cosi / drone photography: markus roselieb (CLA)

 

technical info:

 

lead architects: markus roselieb, tosapon sittiwong
collaborators: thaweephan wood products, homebuilders, anmar
consultant: numton architects (traditional thai roof consultant)
client: paul valler
budget: N/A
carbon footprint: much lower than conventional construction

 

manufacturers/products:

 

chiangmai life construction: fine-earth wall plaster, adobe bricks, treated bamboo
thaweephan wood products: wooden roof structures, doors, windows, furniture
homebuilders: wood shingles
anmar co. ltd.: natural stone floors

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