SIRI is a renovation project of commercial building. It is used as a house and a third sister’s jewelry office. In order to serve the big family with 4 members, brothers and sisters, and the future family members, a large utility space is necessary. The site is two identical commercial buildings with narrowing inside. The design must utilize the space to give every family member a compact private area comprising of rest area, pantry, bedrooms as well as a living room with light well.
The design was thought as a tile-matching puzzle game, Tetris. Each puzzle symbolizing each unit constructed up to be living spaces with a center void space. The space plays an important role as an empty space which not only let the light come into every living level but also allow visual interaction between users. The family members can see each other’s movement all day through the central core.
To achieve this, all units are double-leveled. Each unit is differently and separately accessed by the elevator which is set at the back of the building. The top level is the main living room and dining room for the family. In the middle situate the residential units while the jewelry office is at the ground floor. Also, a big tree is added in the house to provide a feeling of nature. The exterior was designed reflectively to the area of units inside, as well as the connection of units to each other and to the top level.
Project: Siri House
Location: Suriyawong, Bangkok, Thailand
Project Completion: 2015
Area: 800 sq. m
Client: Suree Sirivatjanangkun
Architect in Charge: Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok, Thawin Harnboonseth
Interior Architect: Jureerat Korvanichakul, Sarin Rangsikanbhum
Structural Engineer: Pakanut Siriprasopsothorn
Photo credits: Spaceshift Studio
About IDIN Architect
An acronym for Integrating Design Into Nature, IDIN Architects was founded in 2004. IDIN Architects perceive “nature” in two ways. Firstly, it can be defined as the ecology around us. Secondly, it can also refer to different mannerisms and personalities. The design philosophy and concentration of IDIN is to merge this sense of surrounding, the “natures”, to the architectural aesthetic. This merge is done through a process of analyzing and prioritizing the different needs and requirements of each project. In addition to being an acronym, the Thai word “idin” is used to describe the natural phenomenon when soil releases a beautiful scent after rainfall. This symbolizes Thailand’s tropical climate, something all IDIN designs aim to respond to. Our emphasis is therefore placed not only on aesthetics, but also on practically, in order to suit this temperate environment.
IDIN Architects’ founding principal Jeravej Hongsakul received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in 1998. Following graduation, he worked for Plan Associates for three years. Prior to starting his own practice, Hongsakul received a number of awards including the First Prize from 11th ASA Design Competition in 1999, the Second Prize from House with Nature Design Competition in 2001, and the Nippon Paint Young architect award in 2003. Hongsakul has taught Architectural Technology at Bangkok University since 2007.