From up close this looks more or less like a typical little house, nice and cozy but also very bright and open. Take a few steps back and you realize it’s not an ordinary house at all because believe it or not it sits on top of an apartment building in the middle of Bangkok, in Thailand. This cool rooftop retreat was designed for the building’s owner by studio WARchitect and the project was just completed earlier this year. Instead of a garden this house has a concrete courtyard and is surrounded by tall buildings instead of trees. Even so, it looks and feel very convincing and it even has its own little inner courtyard with a tree at the center of the floor plan.
Initially this rooftop space was used being used as a storage area for water tanksThere’s a little courtyard at the center of the house which can be seed from every room
This little rooftop house can’t be seen from any of the public roads surrounding the building which gives it some privacy and helps to minimize the strong contrast between it and the rest of the building. Its design focuses mostly on creating the impression of a borderless house with a roof and walls that are so slim they seem almo non-existent yet still provide solid structural support. Internally the spaces are organized according to the grid of the apartment pillars below. The rooms are very airy and at the same time very warm and welcoming.
You can easily forget this is a rooftop house until you get to see the surroundingsPotted trees are scattered around the house to create the impression or a regular yardIn total this rooftop house offers 150 square meters of living space in a very charming packageThe interior is not designed for entertainment but rather as a cozy private retreat for the ownerWood planks cover up the entire house inside and out and contrast with the concrete surfaces that surround it
the internal courtyard has a lovely little tree at the center and makes the entire house look naturalFull-height windows and glass doors provide panoramic views and give the illusion of a larger spaceThe bathroom has the same warm and welcoming vibe as the rest of the houseApart from the unusual location this is a fairly simple and typical little houseThe central courtyard also has the role of bringing in sunlight and making the rooms feel airyThe sliding doors and large openings help achieve the borderless design which the architects went forThis quirky rooftop house has a living room, a dining area, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroomThe kitchen has cabinets on either side and the internal courtyard at the rearThe bedroom is minimalist and features subtle accent lighting and very little furnitureThe interior walls are very slim and thus create the impression of more space