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Subtle House of Shadows Solves Problem in Thailand

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Department of Architecture designed the clever Shadow House in Samutprakarn, Thailand.

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The site on a busy corner intersection presented a real challenge.

The up-scale residential estate its on forbids the use of any kinds of fences around the houses.

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So the design had to create some privacy for the residents exposed to views by passing motorists, at ground level.

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The solution was to map out metal lattice screens and sheer semi-translucent canvas panels projected at various distances from the block of the house, but all within a tight grid.

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This series of screens outdoors on the attached terrace create privacy and allow partial views, without strictly constituting ‘fencing.’

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This subtle solution creates a series of soft baffles in canvas to buffer the house from the street, in a space that appears in constant motion.

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As the sun sets and twilight falls, the screens net the shadows of trees, and as dark falls, the lights of passing cars are projected on the semi-translucent screens.

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The motion of these shadow images across the panels suggest the motion of black and white movies projected onto movie screens.

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Compared to the difficult site, the owner’s brief was comparatively simple: his bedroom on the ground floor.

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On the second floor the client’s mother and his sister have more secluded bedrooms.

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On the ground floor, one long great room houses the public shared living and dining area.

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At one end of this simple block of space, a contemporary kitchen for the small family.

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The imaginative solution extends the great room into an indoor-outdoor al fresco room with the modular grid of lattice panel screens creating intimacy despite the very public site.

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