Siamese Blossom is a townhouse project on Raminthra Road, a suburb on the north of Bangkok. The scheme aims to create a living space within greenery, conveying a sense of community and to fix the common problems of townhouses.
These include a lack of natural ventilation and a lack of natural light found in a long and narrow plot. The townhouses are arranged to allow the narrow elevations facing East and West to gain minimum heat from the sun.
In contrast the long elevations entail openings facing the North and South to get natural ventilation. They become perpendicular with the main public road in the centre of the development.
Plants walls and fences along the main public road provide security and control before accessing to the townhouses, whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere. The townhouses are systematically designed to be 12m apart. The space in between becomes a shared garden and a key space for natural cross-ventilation between the two rows.
In this respect the gardens become a community space as they are only accessible by the immediate townhouses. The units are increased the variation and created better identity for each unit by either mirroring units or increasing the 3rd floor height on random units. These taller units are highlighted by the red brick coloured façade leaving all other units coloured grey.
The brick screens are the primary element of the townhouse façade. It is an inexpensive and common material in Thailand. Therefore it has a low carbon footprint and is better suited for the skills of the local construction labour.
The brick screens have various functions such as acting as privacy screens, providing sun shading and covering of air-condensing units and downpipes.
Location: Raminthra Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Architects: Somdoon Architects
Principal Architect: Punpong Wiwatkul, Puiphai Khunawat
Interior Architect: Somdoon Architects
Landscape Architect: Sanitas Studio Co.
Structural Engineer: Ritta Co.
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Siamese Asset Co.