Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters

© Anake Senadee

This 2015 building is the epitome of modern architecture; plain-looking (or boring to some) while still being elegant in its simplicity of design and materiality. The Saengthai Rubber Headquarters building (which is basically in the form of two boxes wrapped with a black concrete frame) is located in front of a 50-year-old factory compound on Poochaosamingprai Road — say that five times fast — in Samut Prakan, Thailand, Bangkok’s historical industrial development area. The building’s expressive gesture is part of a strategy to use it as a symbolic gateway to the district. Continue reading “Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters”

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. Continue reading “Epicly Beautiful: The Joly House”

THE TIN MAN AS A HOUSE?!?!? – WIRed #126

It’s time for Episode 126 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a house inspired by the Wizard of Oz’s Tim Man character, my favorite features of VLC, get your Vampire Killer on in LittleBigPlanet 3, and Eric Bischoff’s latest wrestling project! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “THE TIN MAN AS A HOUSE?!?!? – WIRed #126”

A Tin Man-inspired, umm, Tinman House in Bangkok

I guess it’s safe to say that the owner of the building REALLY likes steel structures; might have to so with its high resiliency, performance under difficult conditions, and quick assembly .  Anyway, the ‘Tin Man’ building showcases a simple and straightforward — yet still distinctive — design using structural steel as the primary material. Interestingly, the use of structural steel also reflects the construction process’ flexibility and represent the quality of the ‘Truth to materials’ architectural design process. Located in the heart of Bangkok — where there’s a concern with the limitations of land use — ‘Tin Man’ is a 3-story house designed to save as much space as possible under the 6 meter-span of structural steel. The owner of the house is a fan of the Tinman character from L. Frank Baum’s classic book, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ in which the Tinman is a representation of one being with a humble, honest heart. Continue reading “A Tin Man-inspired, umm, Tinman House in Bangkok”