Y/A/O Residence stands on a 1,300-square metre site in a sparse suburban area. The owners wanted a house that accommodates friends and relatives who will come to visit and stay over. As long as this function was considered, they would not limit the form expression and experimentation. The architect took this opportunity to design a house with their personal taste. The letter Y refers to the word why; the letter A means architects; and the letter O refers to the word oblique. The project name is the architects’ cryptic reference on the design that plays with oblique lines and angles.
The architecture has no contextual limitation because the house is located in a new residential area with little historical or cultural context. The house is divided into three buildings that surround a swimming pool—the main residence, the guest house and the garage. The overall living space takes up half of the site area. The guest house and the main residence, whose façade is made of framed glass, face west and northeast respectively so they are not subject to solar heat gain.
Project Name: Y/A/O Residence
Location: Sukhaphiban5 Road, Soi70, Sup-District Ao Ngoen, District Sai Mai, Bangkok 10220, Thailand
Completion Date: 2019
Site Area: 1,300 square metres
Building Height: 2 storeys
Clients: Nongyao Nevilai; Somchai Nevila
Architecture Firm: Octane Architect & Design
Principal Architects: Kittichon Phukiatkong; Thawin Harnboonseth; Photsawat Apariman
Images: Rungkit Charoenwat