khiankhai home & studio has an open-air terrace that connects its different floors
located in the rural landscape of Chiangmai, Thailand, khiankhai home & studio is a in wood residence completed by the architect its creator. the main body is scattered across the length of the grounds, with an open-air central terrace holding a white meranti tree that connects all spatial functions together. the upper level – clad in wood – accommodates the kitchen, the bedroom and the living spaces. the lower level, meanwhile, is covered with concrete and houses storage spaces and a music studio.
all images © rungkit charoenwat
a semi-underground house emphasizing the material + height transition
looking at the front elevation, khiankhai’s house and studio appear to be half sunk into the sloping ground. this volumetric display clearly adapts to the dramatic topography of the site while emphasizing a transition to higher terrain. highlighting that the transition is the visual separation of the lower floor from the upper level using different materials to cover the exterior facades. the architect scattered the wooden element throughout the house and raised it with traditional lanna tiling – a common technique used in northern Thailand.
kiankhai home & studio central outdoor terrace
From a construction point of view, the project used simple construction techniques adopted by local artisans. no need to resort to sophisticated methods, argues the maker. the goal was to carve out a clear and direct architectural language that does not shrink from the beauty of imperfections.
the residence is located in the rural landscape of chiangmai
main entrance to the 260 m² residence
the second floor contains the kitchen, living room and bedroom
a multi-purpose wooden platform overlooks the calm landscape
the central terrace connects the two floors, each defined by specific space programs
the architect used simple construction techniques known to local artisans
Last name: khiankhai house and studio
Year of completion: 2021
site: Chiang Mai, Thailand
gross built area: 260 m²
architecture: sher maker
photography: Rungkit charoenwat
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edited by: lea zeitoun | design boom