Sher Maker Architecture has designed a home and music studio in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that features a cluster of elevated living spaces connected by wooden walkways that provide expansive views of the surrounding rural landscape.
The two-story Khiankai Home and Studio, designed for a musician and their family, draws on the vernacular architecture of the area to foster an “intimate connection” with its natural surroundings.
The residence is divided into two distinct levels that surround a central paved courtyard that is planted with a large tree that extends up through the structure.
On the lower level, a concrete foundation has been dug into the gently sloping site, providing the music studio and two bedrooms with privacy and acoustic control.
A lightweight timber grid frames a series of bright, self-contained living and dining spaces above, which are connected via wooden walkways and terraces that overlook the landscape.
The house’s main body is dispersed along the length of the land, with the main terrace connecting each function, the local studio explained.
The front side is lined with trees and a rice field, while the backside is lined with existing trees and a village road, it continued.
The living and dining areas are sheltered by a series of pitched wooden roofs clad in traditional Lanna tiling, which cover the central walkways but leave those around the perimeter of the home exposed to the elements.
The kitchen and dining area can be opened onto the wooden terrace overlooking the rice field via bi-fold wooden doors.
Areas of full-height glazing face away from the village path.
To the west, an autonomous volume houses the bathroom spaces, which are raised on concrete pillars and accessed via a short, corrugated plastic-clad bridge.
Due to the sloping site, the first floor of the home is directly accessible from the road, with a wooden staircase leading down to the ground floor in the central courtyard.
The upper level’s timber structure is complemented throughout the interiors by wooden window frames, shelving, fixtures, and furniture, creating a layering effect as you walk through the home.
The studio explained that “there was extensive use of wood to create a connection between the house and its natural surroundings.”
The wood was found and treated locally, and then incorporated into numerous small elements throughout the home, the statement continued.
Sher Maker’s own architectural studio, which is also located in Chiang Mai, was designed with an emphasis on open-air spaces and local materials.
Vin Varavarn constructed an agricultural learning centre elsewhere in Thailand using local bamboo and soil.
Written By Tannu Sharma | Subscribe To Our Telegram Channel To Get Latest Updates And Don’t Forget To Follow Our Social Media Handles Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter. To Get the Latest Updates From Arco Unico