Excerpt: MON. House, designed by D KWA Architectural Design Studio CO.,LTD., is a residence portraying simplicity and an identity of its own along the context. The house uses local materials, such as wood, raw concrete, natural brick, and steel for the overall look. The interior materials in down-stair and up-stair have diverse styles because the clients are a couple with different flavors of decoration.
[Text as submitted by architect] Middle In Nowhere (MON) HOUSE is a 2-story house located in the Sansai district, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The area of this house is about 308.42 sqm. ‘MON HOUSE’ was designed by Sarin Nilsonthi, an architect from DKWA Design Studio Co., LTD. He wanted ‘MON HOUSE’ to be simple and have an owner identity, along with the context. Therefore, He designed the layout of this house in the ‘I’ shape and orientation relative to the South-north axis, using local materials, such as wood, raw concrete, natural brick, and steel for the overall look.
The interior materials in down-stair and up-stair have diverse styles because the clients are a couple with different flavors of decoration. On the ground floor, the concept of materials design follows Mr.Trong. He works as a graphic designer. He loves the mood and tone of raw concrete, the truth of materials, and industrial style. Starting with the material in the garage area, an architect uses natural brick combined with a rustic steel sliding door for storage and system room. The walkway link to the house uses wooden battens as a canopy. There is a courtyard in between, so you can take the view while walking into the house on a black terrazzo floor.
Inside the house, an architect designed a double space and an open plan for living, dining, and kitchen area. Consequently, this area can live all day without turning on the light and air conditioning, with the large opening on the north and west. The size is wide enough for natural light and suitable for the ventilated. There are brick-pattern facades on the western to screen the sunlight and heat that directs to the living room. In the guest bedroom, an opening on the northern connects to a private courtyard surrounded by a concrete wood texture fence. It has clear transparent roofing for the bathroom. The downstairs materials are natural brick, wood, black vinyl wood flooring, and raw concrete textures from structural work.
On the 1st floor, there is only one main bedroom. The concept of the materials is from Miss. Suwadee. She loves cleanliness and a cozy look. Therefore, the materials in this area are wood with a white skim coat wall. Moreover, the architect used the sloped ceiling to create a more open and comfortable space. There is a large window on the western so the owner can notice activity in the living area while they are living upstairs. On the northern wall is an opening in a cloverleaf window shape (Tha-wi-pob), which an owner requested, and a balcony opens directly to the landscape. About the main bathroom, they asked for a large and well-lit one. Thus, the architect designs the white wall partition to reflect the light through the bathroom. The partition also increases the privacy of the main bathroom.