Khao Yai House
by Architectkidd


The bulbous lower level of this residence in Thailand by local studio Architectkidd looks like it's being squished by the rectilinear storey above it (+ slideshow).

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

Architectkidd designed contrasting forms for the two floors of Khao Yai House, north east of Bangkok.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

"The site of the house in a wide open and horizontal landscape led us to re-think how typical houses are constructed," said the architects.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

Covered in vertical wood shingles around the top, the long first floor sticks out further on one side than the other.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

The round volume beneath is clad using locally-fired clay tiles that are slightly staggered on top of each other to create the curving form.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

Windows are cut out from the blob-like shape in horizontal strips, where the tiles curve inward to meet the frames.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

The building is entered through double doors beneath the overhang of the first floor, which covers a stepped terrace that is used as a space for yoga.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd living room

Guest bedrooms, bathrooms and storage rooms are located within the ground-floor blob.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

A central staircase leads to an open-plan living area in the cuboid above, which leads out on a terrace on one side of the blob's roof.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd bathroom

The master bedroom is housed in the end of the cantilever, with the diagonal steel supports for the floating section breaking up the view through the full-height windows.

Photography is by Luke Yeung and Manassak Senachak.

Here's some more information from the architects:

Two contrasting structures are joined to form this private residence in Thailand.

The house located 150 kilometres north east of Bangkok, near Khao Yai. The site of the house in a wide open and horizontal landscape led us to re-think how typical houses are constructed.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd terrace

Instead of repetitive structures and vertical enclosures containing interior functions, we were interested in how the interior spaces of the house - with their different uses, dimensions, levels and orientation - could respond differently to the surrounding outdoor spaces.

Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

Each floor of the house has a distinct layout, geometry and structure. The upper floor contains the main living and bedroom areas that have a specific direction toward the outside views. In contrast, the lower floor is a circular space that is omni-directional in its orientation and responds to the different ways that people can approach the house by car and by foot.
Kirimaya House by Architectkidd

While each floor is distinct, they are co-dependent with each other, with the upper floor resting on and cantilevered from the lower floor. The lower floor, being close to the surrounding landscape, is built up from locally-fired clay tiles that are laid horizontally and stacked.

  • omnicrom

    What a mess.

    • rps

      Couldn’t agree more. All that effort (pointless in my opinion) in having the first floor in the “air” and then you have that ugly structure that forces you to be on the living room with all that visual noise in front of your eyes. What’s the point? Not having pillars to support it?

  • threehundredbeers

    Looks good, like it.