Cape Town - World Design Capital 2014 (by CapeTownWDC2014)

It’s a new year. It’s a time for change.

My humblest apologies, as I have been offline for way too long. But, I am back.

Coming to think of it, I left you with too little before I departed on my overseas holiday.

I will make it up. I promise.

Keep enjoying.

COUNTRYtecture: Thailand

You are probably thinking, “Hmm… Chinese, Japanese, Thai. It all looks the same.” I am here to tell that this is not at all the case.

Admit it, architecture in todays world has no relation to any country’s historical buildings. From India to Peru, all 21st century structures are glass with many straight lines (thank you 1970s), maybe one or two bricks here and there. What happend to the Taj Mahal style? I hate to break it to you but the world is run very differenly now.

Historical Thai architecture was strongly influenced by its neighbours and the extreame humidy that Thailand delivers daily throughout the year.

Like most cultures, there is always something that triggers the brain whenever you are reminded of it, for Thailand, it should be the ‘stilt house’.

Stilt Houses

Risen to head height, the traditional Thai home comprised of an extra space underneath used during the Thai flood period (thanks to the heavy rain caused by humidity). It was also used for livestock, lounging during the day and the storage of crafts.

Light-weight wooden planks allow for one house to be built in a day.

Please always remember: Bagoda’s are Chinese! Although the peak of the traditional Thai house’s roofs usually are narrowed to create a flat, sharp top.

Architecture of modern day Thailand, being an overly-urbanized, commercial state, its sturctures are identical to that of the US or Hong Kong.

Above:

  • Traditional Thai home
  • Modern day Bangkok
  • Wat Chedi Liem (A five-tiered design. Each side of the Chedi is guarded by a lion)

(Source: hightechture)

The Golden BoxK2LD Architects 

Location: Singapore

I am going away for 2 weeks so I leave you with this.

Slaughterhouse Beach House in Maui, Hawaii, USA.

- designed by Olson Kundig Architects