Friday, 15 May 2009

Example of New Thai Architecture

Young Thai architect, Aroon Puritat has designed a striking modernist house in Changmai. He is a former student of the world famous Thai artist and architect, Rirkrit Tiravanija. The architectural design is influenced by 'relational aesthetics' (the idea that the design is principally guided by the relationship between the structure and its location).

The building is U-shaped. It is constructed from glass and concrete. The floors are in wood and polished concrete.

The house is slightly raised off the ground. This slight elevation is playfully evocative of traditional Thai architecture. The raised wooden walk-ways around the building are reminiscent of Japanese architectural design. The use of glass and stell in the wall construction gives the bedroom a striking modernist look that stunningly compliments the jungle garden outside.

Overall the house is original and functional. It fits well with the surroundings and provides a good example of modern Thai architecture. Obviously Aroon Puritat is a name to watch out for in the future.

This article is based on an posting by Paul Schmelzer

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