private house in bangkok by alkhemist architects draws from mid-century southern california style

private house in bangkok by alkhemist architects draws from mid-century southern california style

bangkok-based firm alkhemist architects has transformed a generic house into a sleek shelter of private, open, and calm atmosphere in an expatriate community on the outskirts of bangkok. dubbed 26 ivy park house, this modified and enlarged structure sits at the end of a cul-de-sac inside nichadatani, the largest gated community in thailand.



influenced by the attitude in julius shulman’s iconic images of mid-century modern houses in southern california, especially the ones from richard neutra’s and craig ellwood’s houses, the architects intended to adapt the sense of sleek coziness of those houses to meet with the harsh tropical climate of thailand. to achieve this vision, all the partition walls were torn down in order to gain more interconnected space and to erase the unnecessary superimposed curvilinear notion.



the order also performs as a transitional space between old and new, front and back, and private and collective. the shorter part of the L-shape, containing outdoor program such as bbq station, outdoor dining and outdoor living, extends out of the main structure reaching the garden at the end of the land plot on the southeast. the swimming pool is placed at the corner of the l-shape building mass, giving the sense of calmness yet vital from water to surrounding.











project info:


architects: alkhemist architects

team: kraipol jayanetra, perapon suriyamongkol

interiors: what & how co.,ltd

lighting design: what & how co.,ltd

structural engineering: oss engineering co.,ltd m & e

engineering: oss engineering co.,ltd

contractor: phathomsub construction co.,ltd project

consultant: j.r.m. engineering co.,ltd (sarawut prasertsang)

photography: tempography by songtam srinakarin

door & window: glass work kitchen & buit-in

furniture: rcd life décor design center


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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