trees populate this multi-generational container house by walllasia in bangkok

trees populate this multi-generational container house by walllasia in bangkok

amid the hustle and bustle of bangkok, walllasia has shaped a private dwelling from containers for two generations of the same family. called ‘mac & ham house’ after the owner’s pets, the design prioritizes privacy and connection to nature. 

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

 

 

to afford privacy from the busy city, mac & ham house is shielded by a seemingly impregnable street-facing façade. to enter the site, residents step through a door on the metal front gate, where they are transported to a private haven populated by lush trees and midnight blue-colored containers. there’s a single-story pavilion located right next to the entrance, which houses a living room and a gallery for pet paintings for the daughter. the rest of the program is arranged in two larger volumes that are connected to make an L shape. 

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the larger of the two volumes contains a kitchen, dining and living area on the first floor. the second floor hosts a generous master bedroom with an ensuite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe. the slimmer volume contains a studio space and another living space. to connect the various containers, walllasia extends the teakwood floor of the interiors into a series of wooden terraces, fusing the garden outside with the rooms inside. 

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the client chose the navy-colored containers in an effort to make the surrounding nature stand out. thanks to this dark shade, the lush greenery becomes the protagonist of the project; ivy grows on the perimeter walls, and trees seem to grow through the structures. these trees also provide shade to the steel building, helping to keep it cool. 

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in addition to having nature as a vital element infusing the space together, mac and ham are the owner’s beloved pets, and the architect has carefully selected various details and materials to accommodate them. a particular type of mosquito net for the pets’ area lets them run around and play, bringing life to the project and joy to the residents.

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

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trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

trees populate walllasia's mac & ham house in bangkok designboom

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

name: mac & ham house

type: residential

location: sukhumvit 49, bangkok, thailand

client: alaks phornprapha, sureeporn phornprapha, jirapa phornprapha

architect: walllasia ltd.

chief architect: suriya umpansiriratana

design team: preenaporn sangsri, panomporn prompang, jirawat ponsamart, chatchawal tullayanit

interior design: walllasia ltd.

landscape design: suriya umpansiriratana, prawit poolkumlung (walllasia ltd.)

structural engineer: pacharathorn kampimol

site area: 555 m2

building footprint area: 245 m2

gross floor area: 435 m2

year: 2020

photography: spaceshift studio / pirak anurakyawachon

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