Epicly Beautiful: The Joly House

© Krisada Boonchaleow
© Krisada Boonchaleow

This three-story house designed by Stu/D/O Architects and finished last year for the four-member Joly family has a footprint of 250 square meters and a height of 11 meters. Located on a street corner in one of the most beautiful and densely populated residential areas of Bangkok, the house is flanked by rows of shophouses, with the main living spaces elevated to the second floor for improving the visual conditions and for allowing rooms for service spaces on ground. The home contains skylights that create patterns resulting from lights (which change over the course of the day) and water of the above swimming pool, making this parking/arrival space more dynamic.

© Krisada Boonchaleow
© Krisada Boonchaleow

The structure is mainly built with reinforced concrete with a partial steel frame, as the project’s exterior is made of natural materials (i.e., wooden louvers, glass panels, and exposed concrete). The private rooms — such as the bedrooms — are on the 3rd floor with an external envelope cladded with modern-looking timber slats to provide more privacy and security. The double-skinned façade servers as a sunshade as it reduces the amount of heat collected in the building. Some of the slats panels can be opened to create wind walls to  encourage natural ventilation, or remain closed to protect their belongings from heat and sun damage.

Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects
Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects

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