Located on Nakhon Pathom’s main thoroughfare of Petchkasem Road, The Bound House affords easy access to the town’s CBD, making it ideal as a new destination that harmoniously combines commercial and residential activities together.In terms of the master plan, The Bound House presents two main types of housing: the Shophouses at the front and the Rowhouses at the back, comprising six blocks in total. The blocks are separated by four green areas.
At the front, House A is located in the Shophouses at the first two blocks of the project(4units/block). The first and mezzanine floor of this 3.5-storeys building is fully designed for communal business activities, while the second and third floors are designed for living. Each unit boasts ample terraces to accommodate large planter boxes that bring nature closer to the living area, and make a passive air cooling for living area. Facing the west, House A is designed with a series of random vertical elements on the front facade to reduce daylight ingress and temperature. The walls work together with full-height glazing windows that bring natural light into the building.
Another 20 units in the Rowhouses(20 units) are divided into two subtypes designed to meet the specific demands of any family. The architect aims to punctuate one unit after another, to imply the concept of new boundaries. The ambiguous boundaries of the building creates a new perception of width when looking from the outside, and another perception of depth when seen from the inside together with each privacy. Architect use only single dimension for vertical and horizontal components on front facade, which could be read either columns or beams or walls. As for the outdoor space, each unit features green ivory mesh fences that enable its residents to feel included and private at the same time. These green boundaries can create multiple perceptions, interactions between residents, as they can help each other care for the green areas. Despite the unique character, the three house types highlight a passive design, with the passive cooling system and horizontal breezeway featuring ventilation grills at the front and the back, enabling natural breezes to flow through under the roof and cool the place down.
House B makes a statement with its appearance that a big box but put lightly on the ground. It is aptly finished with a brick wall to highlight the cultural context of an archeological site situated right next to the project’s location. House B highlights space continuity, with a large void at the center hall to allow natural light, save energy and connect family activities together. The facades at the front and the back come with full-height window frames to make the house look taller and to allow sunlight inside. The vertical elements on the second floor, which are designed in an unconventional manner, defy viewers’ perceptions and create a vague meaning between columns and walls.
House C also plays with two voids, one at the front and the other at the back. It features a courtyard at the front, which is large enough to plant more trees for shade and temperature reduction. The flow at the front continues inside through large windows that can be opened for natural wind and light, connect the void in the center before end at backyard. Another special feature in this subtype includes the two beams with two implications. First, if looking from the outside, the beams help create an unusual boundary while playing with the forms of the big trees outside. Also, the beams help present new dimensions of the house if looking from the inside.