A live-work-play quarter in a two-story tropical house that intersects between an urban retreat and a private museum

Located on the upper floor of a two-story house nestled in a private residential compound, this residence provides an urban retreat for a professional couple. With panoramic windows oriented towards a private garden in the north, it offers open views while maintaining privacy from the surrounding neighborhood. The design of this residence juxtaposes rugged architectural structures with a warm, detail-oriented interior, blending a sophisticated aesthetic with the homeowner's youthful energy. This combination of contrasting elements creates a unique and personalized home.

The public area is crafted as a space for leisure and recreational activities, catering to the homeowner's hobbies such as figurine and art toy collecting, pastry baking, and golf. The living room integrates living and exhibition spaces through full-width transformable built-in display cases, offering varied levels of visibility of the displayed objects and versatility of the overall environment. Across from the display cases are column-to-column telescoping windows with low seating overlooking an expansive garden. During the day, the green shades from the garden are reflected onto the display cases, bringing nature inside, as per the homeowner's preference.

The private area includes a master bedroom suite and an archive room. Exhibition showcases are also deliberately incorporated into these rooms, providing additional display spaces requiring alternative levels of privacy.

Ms. Apple R.

Suksawad Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Completion Date:
August 2023

Scope of Service:
Residential Interior Architecture & Design
Furniture Design

The Reflection of a Collaborative Effort:
The living room, designed as versatile as a private museum, enables the homeowner, an avid collector of pop-culture figurines and art toys, to freely arrange, exhibit, and update her growing collections to a private audience, continuously enriching the space with her youthful energy.

Dining Room, Kitchen, and Fitness:
The dining room and kitchen are centered around an oversized island where the homeowner can interact with guests while cooking or baking with large trays. Adjacent to the kitchen is a small space, separated by a full-height sliding door, designed for exercising and golf putting practice.

Master Bedroom Suite:
The interior characteristic of the master bedroom suite embodies clean lines and natural, organic materials, such as teak and grasscloth wallcovering. With an exhibition showcase incorporated into this space, the overall environment illustrates an unexpected blend of a serene ambiance and pop, colorful characters, representing the homeowner's distinctive personality.

Archive Room:
The archive room, with its entrance slightly tucked away from sight, offers a secluded, meditative space for organizing, preparing, and repairing the items waiting to be exhibited. This room also features an exhibition wall for smaller items and books. Due to limited space, this exhibition space is made possible by a strategically positioned double-sided cabinet that shares functionality and capacity with the adjacent living room. A soundproofing membrane is embedded inside the cabinet to prevent sound from traveling between rooms.