Casa de Alisa / Stu/D/O Architects
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Casa de Alisa is a two-story residence situated in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Concrete, in its materials and structural capability, is the founding idea of this challenge. The areas inside are conceived purely by the structural concrete partitions that body and include the interiority. These planes type an structure that shelter the dwelling areas from the encircling context whereas framing the ‘chosen’ nature and containing privateness inside. Inside, the sense of austerity is enhanced as these planes sure the concrete, water, and backyard under and the sky above, collectively.
Whereas offering a visible barrier in the direction of the encircling neighborhood, the forged concrete planes additionally act as a buffer, offering a sound barrier from the general public highway immediately adjoining to the positioning. Divided into two ranges, the semi-public dwelling quarter on the bottom compose of assorted thresholds that blur the traces between garden-pool-living and inside and exterior areas, whereas the higher degree consists of personal quarters for its residents. Expressing the inner program and performance, the planes divide every dwelling quarter to take care of privateness and provides distinction to every bounded area. Contrarily, the 37 m. long-span cantilevered airplane on the second-floor act not solely as the primary façade of the residence, however a constant ‘backdrop’ that ties every of the quarters collectively.
The materiality of uncovered concrete is utilized in all its facets; the wooden framework leaves an imprint of its grain on the concrete as a everlasting reminder of the development course of, whereas its texture is enhanced with lightwells and skylights. Forged on website, numerous experiments on formwork and texture have been carried out to determine the elemental materials and character of the residence.
The concrete planes on the bottom degree sit perpendicular to the positioning, whereas the partitions on the second ground intersect on the reverse axis. The purpose of intersection between these two reverse planes supplies the primary structural system all through the challenge. This pure structural composition permits for the structure to be diminished to its absolute minimal, whereas additionally permitting for environment friendly development and meeting time. The result’s an structure that’s considerably monolithic in its exterior, as its concrete slabs look like levitating from the bottom whereas containing a way of place and residential inside its interiority.