Modern Day Primitive Hut


We have been asked by a writer/journalist and a photographer to create them a studio in an area just across Chao Phraya river from Bangkok.  Bang Krachao is an oasis within this gigantic metropolis consisting of mostly coconut, mango and rose apple orchards.  The land has been preserved as a green area.  And there is an un-written building code that does not permit the construction of building taller than the tallest coconut tree within each property.

We looked back at the traditional method of home construction in Thailand.  We are working closely with local craftsmen to built this home.  Using only very basic hand tools and reclaimed lumber from old houses, we will be crafting this small studio within the next two months.

Other systems such as composting toilet, gray water irrigation system and full edible garden with stocked pond will be included as part of this studio as a model for sustainable living.


2 thoughts on “Modern Day Primitive Hut

  1. I am fascinated by your “modern day primitive hut” project. Where the design and construction techniques used on the project based more on vernacular or sustainable architecture or both? – I am trying to find out as much as I can about both vernacular and sustainable architecture in Thailand. Do you have more information on the project or could you point me in the right direction for finding more out about these topics?

    Much appreciated.

    1. Dear Sam:

      The project is looking a both vernacular architecture of this specific region of the lower Chao Phrya river. And it is also design to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The reclaimed lumber is about 90% of the construction materials. Also, it is designed with through ventilation to rid of the need for air-conditioning, dry composting toilet and gray water system.

      The project is just across the river from Bangkok. But the area is very undeveloped. It is easy to bike around though. IF you ever come to Bangkok, contact me I can take you there.

      There are several book on Thai vernacular architecture, but I think all of them are in Thai. The English language books are mostly about the ‘style’.


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