Shade House

With the rapid growth of urban population and high-rises in Bangkok, the question is how dwellers can adjust and live well amidst the crowded environment; how to stay connected to amenities that the megacity provides while remaining close to nature. A design solution, said the architect, is to build a self-sustained residence, with less footprint but more greenery that can also contribute to the larger urban ecology.

The house was thus planned as a three-storey building; the parking lot was placed separately at the front. This resulted in 60 per cent increase in green area, which is twice the minimum requirement of the regulations in Bangkok. Together with the pocket gardens and the green roof, the overall green space of the site reaches 90 per cent. By the time the vegetation has fully grown and cover the house’s elevations, the green area will be 150 per cent larger than its initial state.


The landscaping cooling strategy is further enhanced by the innovative design of the shading device. White slender steel rods were joined together as a sculpturing rigid frame to form geometric volumes. This creates a connection from the entrance steps to the house’s main foyer, enclosing the outdoor terrace while making the pathway more adventure-evoking. Guests go through a series of voids and openings created by the continuous frame. This leads them to a lotus pond and eventually the main door.

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Project name
Shade House
Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan province, Thailand
Lead Designers
Ayutt Mahasom; Suvatthana Sattabannasuk; Napatgarn Limwanuspong
Ayutt and Associates design (AAd)
Interior Designer
Ayutt and Associates design (AAd)
Landscape Designer
Ayutt and Associates design (AAd)
Lighting Designer
Ayutt and Associates design (AAd)
Site area
1,000 square metres
Gross Floor Area
950 square metres
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