on the paper studio’s facade makeover for mixed-used building 


Architecture & interior design practice On the paper Studio has recently completed a facade makeover on a classic building in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand. Exuding a minimalist design made of natural materials, the renovated portion frames the entrance of a physical therapy clinic called ‘Tulip’.


The upper section of the new facade acts as a simple privacy barrier for the client’s apartments without completely blocking out natural light or visibility. Meanwhile, the lower section presents a more traditional and open design that welcomes visitors into the ‘Tulip’ center. 

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two-part, warm-toned frame with soft material transition 


While stripped of decorative elements, the new facade design still projects a warm and intimate aesthetic thanks to selection of materials; On the paper Studio (see more here) used locally sourced wood and terracotta to complete the outer skin. Wooden strips occupy the upper portion, and thicker wooden planks topped with terracotta tiles outline the clinic entrance at street level. 


The architects have installed a ‘transitional’ division between both sections where wooden strips and terracotta meet. This added element helps soften the abrupt switch of patterns and material across the facade and even optimizes building ventilation. 

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project info:


name: Tulip

location: Nakhon phanom, Thailand
architecture: On the paper Studio



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom