Making the connection

Expansive, light-filled living spaces are linkedby an open sculptural staircase in this East-meets-West townhouse
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View of the main living area with wooden staircase and mezzanine floor, wooden flooring, wooven rug, wooden coffee table, two cushions on the floor, two bamboo arm chairs with purple and green cushions, white sofa, shelves with ornaments built into the wall, kitchen and dining beyond, Architects: Scott Whittaker and Yukoltorn Thanasawangkul from DWP Cityspace, Interior Designe: DWP Cityspace, US2101 Home & Architectural.

The fusion of European and contemporary Asian architectural styles has added a new dimension to residential design. Its emphasis on simply decorated, flowing spaces is well suited to our modern lifestyle.

Designed by DWP Cityspace to appeal to both Thai locals and expatriates, the Lofts Sathorn apartment complex in Bangkok exemplifies this idea.

The development comprises 25 individually designed townhouses arranged in two stepped-back rows around a curved internal courtyard with a shared swimming pool and gym.

The fae§ade of each townhouse is characterisedby angular geometric forms punctuated by balconies and accented by dark timber slats, which provide shade and privacy to the interiors.

Architect Scott Whittaker from DWP Cityspace says the aim was to emphasise a sense of private ownership, rather than have a focus on communal living. To achieve this, each five-level townhouse has its own private parking area on the lower level that connects directly the house. Access is also provided via external steps.

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Exterior view of the lofts with timber shade screens and large white plastered panels, gardens, trees, concrete pathways, Architects: Scott Whittaker and Yukoltorn Thanasawangkul from DWP Cityspace, Interior Designe: DWP Cityspace, US2101 Home & Architectural.

"A typical Thai design would feature connected pavilions with gardens in between," says Whittaker. "We didn't have room on the site to do this. Instead, greenery, fresh air and light are brought into the living spaces via an internal atrium that runs the height of each townhouse. The upper floor also connects to a rooftop deck."

As illustrated by the show apartment featured on these pages, the interiors combine elements of New York and Soho loft living with a tropical Asian flavour. The result is an urban feel that belies the community's location, just minutes from the heart of the city.

"There is a great sense of flow and connectivity throughout the house. This allows the owners to enjoy activities in different areas, yet still feel linked to each other," says Whittaker.

The five levels in each townhouse are linked by an open staircase. The half basement contains a utility area incorporating parking for two cars, a kitchen, a maid's room and a laundry or storeroom. Above this is a double-height living area, which features an open-plan kitchen and dining room, with a family room on the mezzanine above. Located on the next level up, the bedrooms overlook an internal courtyard that connects to a roof terrace above.

The open staircase is an integral part of the design. More than merely functional, it provides a sculptural element, drawing the eye up to reinforce the light, airy character of the double-height living area.

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View of the outdoor living space with sofa and pergola.

Flooded with light, the living area is decorated in restful, neutral tones, with splashes of chocolate and lime, all set against a backdrop of clean white walls and pale bamboo floors.

The furnishings are characterised by an emphasis on texture and shape. Open shelves and wall niches showcase decorative items.

This understated, restful decor, with its Zen-like simplicity, continues through the home's private spaces.

Oct 22, 2004

Credit list

Kudu Co and Raimon Land PLC
Interior design
DWP Cityspace
Kitchen manufacturer
Modernform Group
Window/door hardware
Assa Abloy
APK Dao Koo, RCI
Unilamp; L&E
Kitchen cabinetry
White two-pack spray by Modernform Group
Bathroom vanity cabinetry
Napis Enterprise
Shower fittings
Nahm-Laufen; American Standard
Window treatments
Mitr Phairach
Light Style; Perfect Light
K-Tech Construction
Kitchen design
DWP Cityspace and Modernform Group
Window/door joinery
Jolum Thailand (exterior); ICI (interior)
Budji; Chime Design; Duriflex
Stainless steel
Shower stall
TGSG Dorma
Designers’ Bathware
Boonthavorn; Bel Vedere
Haco Group
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