Silom is one of the busiest districts in Bangkok, Thailand. The Silom Alternative Living, designed by ASWA (Architectural Studio of Work - Aholic) is in one busiest walking street during daytime which has local market, local street food trolleys, local shops, temple, mosque, and office buildings. It intends to be the new gathering place for tasty food and drink and combined with owner’s living area. The design has to completely separate the circulation and function of living and rental to avoid interfere each other.
The idea of slowing the speed of pedestrians came with the positive and negative pattern from the short length gradually changed to long length which intends to catch the attention from the street. By providing the whole first floor for restaurants, the second floor will be separated its function between the rental space and owners’ living area by two stair halls with separated entrance. The entrance for residences will be hidden from the pedestrians and located in the side of the building. The L-shaped plan with the narrowest width of 3.50 meter has a double-space with skylight to create the clarity for the living area that connects to bedrooms area on the third floor by the owners’ stair hall. During the relaxed time, they can use the rooftop’s wall as the projector’s screen for film and sport.