Bunker House

Bunker House. The house is located in Lopburi, the province is well known for the biggest Thai military camp in which a numbers of Lopburi-based households are related to military members. The fact that the house owner and the architects both like concrete, the dam’s profound structure and exposed concrete appearance influence the house owner and the architects to select cast-in-place concrete to be the house’s shell.

Siriwan Tiensuwan, the house owner asks the architects to design a 360 sqm. house that has two contradicted characters; hidden + secured and visible + opened. The site is surrounded by its neighbored houses, only the front (west) side that opens to roadway, green area and a canal. Its site context recalls the architects of bunker architecture built during World War II and “Bunker Archeology”, Princeton Architectural Press, a book by Paul Virilio, urban planner, theorist, and philosopher. The clients’ fondness of exposed concrete also strengthens their lifestyle of privacy, security, and strong protection. The asymmetrical ‘ H ’ shape floor plan creates two inner courts useable as outdoor living in morning and afternoon.

Type: Residential - Single family residence
Location: Lopburi, Thailand
Building status: built in 2009
Building area: 360 m2
Site size: 800 m2
A project by: Vasu Virajsilp, VaSLab


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