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  • Emerald Shades And Serene Spaces
    on May 16, 2016
    Located in a compound in Canggu, these two villas are ideally situated close to the beach in a beautiful Balinese garden with mature trees and plantings. Although totally different in layout, design and atmosphere, they share a common architectural l...
  • Bali Architecture At The CrossroadsBali has been labelled many things tropical paradise, island of the gods, an idyllic Shangri la, and more but never before have such words as “urban”, “conurbation”, “traffic clogged” and “busy” seemed appropriate. Earlier writers hav...
  • The Philippine House Goes Tropical Modern
    on May 12, 2016 in Tropical House
    Modern residential architecture in tropical Asia generally and in the Philippines in particular is going through a fascinating phase of architectural evolution. Stylish new homes in Metropolitan Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and sultry wate...
  • Bunker House
    on May 11, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Bunker House is an intriguing compact residence located at Lopburi, some 180 km and three hours drive north of Bangkok. Like the Transverse Convergence House by the same architectural firm, this is a plastic composition in concrete. The owners of...
  • Sumet Jumsai Studio
    on May 10, 2016 in Tropical House
    Sumet Jumsai’s studio is a marvelous Le Corbusier-inspired weekend residence and painting studio. The off-form concrete structure is essentially a white box sitting in a garden of carefully mown grass against a backdrop of the ocean and sky. The fo...
  • The Other Residene
    on May 9, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Other Residence is a cubist composition located on the edge of Khao Yai National Park. Surrounded by high mountains in the relative isolation of a broad valley, the house has a ‘U’-shaped plan backing onto a steep forested hillside to the nor...
  • Lampyris House
    on May 8, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Lampyris House is a striking modern residence located on sloping high ground adjacent to Wat Mongkutkiriwan and close to the boundary of Khao Yai National Park some 120 km northeast of Bangkok. It is the weekend retreat of Kamolwan and Prasert Fu...
  • Komkrit House
    on May 7, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Komkrit House is a precisely articulated cubist composition that embodies Japanese and Western influences. The ‘cool’ modern residence is located in an expensive gated settlement off Pattanakarn Road, Bangkok.The owners of the house, lawyers...
  • Acharapan House
    on May 6, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Acharapan House is located some 60 km west of Bangkok in the Baan Suan Kwan Estate a tranquil, bucolic landscape of paddy fields. The house is also referred to as the Pa Ji (Aunty Ji) House after its owner, Acharapan Paiboonsuwan, a popular Thai...
  • L71 House
    on May 5, 2016 in Tropical House
    The L71 House is a clearly articulated composition in a modern architectural language that responds logically to climatic imperatives. The designers of the house, which was completed in 2010, are Surachai Akekapobyotin and Juthathip Techachumreon of...
  • Carol Grodzins House
    on May 4, 2016 in Tropical House
    The inspiration for Carol Grodzins’ House was a Dayak longhouse in Borneo. In the 1960s, the owner, after completing her undergraduate studies in Russian Language and Literature in the US, decided to join the Peace Corps established by John F. Kenn...
  • Casa De Umbrella
    on May 3, 2016 in Tropical House
    Completed in 2009, Casa de Umbrella is a highly unusual house clad with a plaited bamboo ‘skin’ that extends, like a huge tent, over a supporting steel structure. The purpose of the woven bamboo is to filter out the sun’s direct rays, but it al...
  • Soi Wat Umong House
    on May 2, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Soi Watt Umong House is a ‘Miesien’ composition of concrete and glass pavilions grouped around a courtyard and set in secondary tropical forest. The site is located close to Chiangmai University in Thailand’s second largest city.The owners...
  • Baan Jew
    on May 1, 2016 in Tropical House
    Baan Jew, translated as ‘Tiny House’, is a compact modern dwelling on a 220-square meter corner plot near Chiangmai University. Kwanchai Suthansoa and Tanit Choomsang, the Executive Director of Plankrich Architects, designed the 165-square meter...
  • Yellow Hole House
    on Apr 30, 2016 in Tropical House
    The Yellow Hole House is an extraordinarily elegant, exquisitely proportioned modern residence. Constructed in off form concrete, the structure features a tall yellow-painted column and a yellow-painted projecting upper floor, with an oversailing roo...
  • Dama zAmya
    on Apr 29, 2016 in Tropical House
    Dama zAmya is perched atop a hill on Phuket Island, with magnificent views to the north of Ngam Island and Pa Yu and Kung Bay in the foreground. Remote and isolated, yet only 10 km from the International Airport, it is approached by a narrow, winding...
  • Villa Noi
    on Apr 28, 2016 in Tropical House
    Villa Noi is a cluster of glazed pavilions orientated towards the setting sun at Natai Beach on the shores of the Andaman Sea. The pavilions are located among a stand of towering casuarina trees, whose delicate branches provide a striking contrast to...
  • Laemsingh Villa
    on Apr 27, 2016 in Tropical House
    Laemsingh Villa No. 1 is a stunning vacation home located above a precipitous rocky headland on the west coast of Phuket Island facing the Andaman Sea. It is the holiday home of Australian Julien Reis and his Singaporean wife Yen. Th e couple are the...
  • Open House II
    on Apr 26, 2016 in Tropical House
    Open House II is a strong formal design arranged around a black swimming pool in a central courtyard. A long raking staircase ascends alongside the pool. The life of the house revolves around the central pool court and all the rooms are inward-lookin...
  • Serenity
    on Dec 30, 2015 in Tropical House
    Serenity is an incredibly beautiful house that reclines elegantly along the northern shoreline of Cape Yamu on the eastern coast of Phuket Island. The narrow linear site has stunning views of Por Bay and Phae Island in the foreground, while its conne...