Bangkok based VaSLab Architecture created modern ‘Equilibrium House‘ in Bangkok,Thailand. The meaning of ‘Equilibrium’ is the core idea of the design, while the interpretation of such an abstract notion into something tangible had to be done under the concept of modern economy.
The result is used as the tool to answer all the important questions: ‘where’ refers to the context of the house, which is a very important factor for the design, ‘when’ involves the limitation of time and, finally, the ‘state of nature’, which deals mostly with nature, mainly considering the nature of architecture in Thailand both in terms of the climate and construction budget.
When the 3 things were properly combined the next step of the design aimed to transform all the abstract ideas into concrete reality on the actual piece of land. Initiating the design process using a metaphorical approach has always been VaSlab’s style of working.
The land is rather deep and narrow, so the narrow side of the land facing the street helps create a vertical axis that lies along the overall shape of the land. The sub axis also has to be placed in consideration for it is the axis that connects the new house to the original house located on the south of the land. It also joins the entrance and brings in the garden space at the side of the house to interact with the interior space.
After careful analysis the result is an ‘L’ shaped axis, followed by the process of space allocation in which the private areas of the house are put in parallel with the vertical axis, while the service area is located in the shorter horizontal axis. Functions are added to create the final form and space of the house. The sub axis of the original house from the south side of the land is united with the space under the open wall, which is the com-position the architects intentionally designed in order to connect the whole space of the house together. The lofty 2-storey space embraces the exterior perspective from both northern and southern directions, while an airy, steel staircase is used to create a transitional space that blends the semi-public and the private spaces into one. The sub axis of the court at the south enhances the unification between the exterior and interior spaces distinctively and harmoniously. | VaSLab Architecture + Photos by Spaceshift Studio