Houses: A New Tropical Dimension

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The collection of private houses designed by Architects 49 which aims to be useful sources of idea and inspiration for architects as well as people in general. This publication, consisting of photographs and essential drawings for the comprehension in concept design of each project, is one of its continual series, after the Volume 1 in 1995 and Volume 2 in 2008.

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Architects 49 was established in 1983 with the purpose of providing truly professional and comprehensive architectural services. These services cover a wide range of related activities, including urban planning, preparation of master plans, architectural design, and construction management. The company also provides counseling on the feasibility and viability of a project, and on prospects for its development and management. These services enable Architects 49 to work with clients from the beginning of a project until its successful operation. Architects 49 has emphasized teamwork since it was founded. In 1991 it implemented a studio approach to enhance team effectiveness. This system allows a small, focused studio of designers to take responsibility for each phase of a project, from the conceptual stage through preliminary and detailed designs, to working plans and drawings. The studio then supervises the project s construction and management until it has been completed to the client s satisfaction. Each studio must answer directly to the firm s president and executive committee, who scrutinize performance quality. In addition, project directors meet regularly to exchange views and discuss problems of mutual concern. These procedures ensure that each project receives individual attention and benefits from the collective experience and resources of Architects 49.


Extreme Functionalism! A house, for example, has "sheltering" as its main utilitarian function, and perhaps "tropical", "modern", "contemporary Asian" as the symbolic function clarifying the specific manner in which that sheltering act takes shape. As such, something along the line of extreme functionalism encapsulates the ideas and principles behind the design. These houses are conceivably poetic functions of the sun, the wind, the land and the lives that go on in and around them - nothing more, nothing less. --M.L. Piyalada D. Thaveeprungsriporn

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