TA-CHA Design / Baan Yo Yen
“Our design intent was interpreted as a simple but powerful word in the Thai language: CHAN, which literally means terrace,”. CHAN keeps individuals connected in a culture where three generations can live in the same house.
The layout was adapted from traditional Thai residential architecture to suit the modern lifestyle of a growing family and also our client wanted something gentle, subtle and natural.
Movement and interaction require space and good circulation, so a courtyard was positioned in the central section of the house. In the front of the house, a pair of folding glass doors open onto a narrow garden slotted between the building and the street, so the surrounding spaces blend into the interior.
The living and dining rooms, kitchen and a guest bedroom occupy the ground level; the first two shared spaces open out to a central courtyard with a large tree in the middle, thus fulfilling the principles of CHAN. On the upper floor are the four main bedrooms that family members use.
The spirit of CHAN comes through on the upper level with the tree canopy view that can be seen from all four rooms, as well as a 7m-high steel entry door that connects and divides internal and external spaces with proper natural ventilation and daylight. On both floors, bedrooms overlook a courtyard with a large tree at its centre, so all the family can enjoy a similar scene when they look out of their windows.”