Modern architecture and contemporary homes can pop up anywhere and sometimes the most contemporary are those in the most unusual of places you’d imagine. Not all good, modern homes require the prettiest of externals or the most glamorous of postcodes to be classed as good architecture, and such a house is definitely an example of this. Located in Chiang Mai (Thailand), this Fuzzy House by SO Architects is really worth understanding to illustrate to yourself that renovations and good architectural homes needn’t be super expensive.
Ignoring the homeowner’s love of cats, this Fuzzy House is fantastically industrial-inspired and boasts an abundance of small design details. Featuring strong architectural lines which draw the eye onward and through the property, the mixture of hard concrete and soft furnishings is quite compelling. With an integrated short-cut for local residents to use running directly through the property given it’s original thoroughfare prior to renovation, this home is certainly unique. A continual air of ‘flow’ is present, literally and metaphorically.
Without much distinction between the public and private spaces – hence the name of Fuzzy (makes sense now, huh?) -, this home has been very carefully considered in it’s context and towards it’s homeowner’s needs. Bold and uncompromising, each corridor feels all the more non-residential, but every piece of furniture reminds you that someone does in fact live here. From the outside at street level the home is little more a solid facade of breeze blocks that looks rather unappetising nor friendly, but as soon as you enter within, the home opens up into a super-charismatic space. There are further examples of private spaces with a roof garden that is only accessible from inside, however the home is completely designed to have this blurred edge between the inside and out.
Understated and cool, the home’s open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area is surrounded on one side by windows, whilst differing floor levels communicate to one another via internal glass panes and double height spaces. A void enabling the home to feel all the more airy in contrast to the concrete that dominates each space, SATORI & SCOUT particularly like this juxtaposition.
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A Juxtaposition Of MaterialsIt is true that all materials and colours ought to be complementary in any space or scenario, but a contrasting juxtaposition goes a long way along the design trail. In our honest opinion, nothing could be better than when two materials that shouldn't work, work.
(Photography Credit : SO Architects)