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WARchitect perches a "borderless" wooden home atop an apartment block in Bangkok

Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
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The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
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The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
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The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The Skyscape home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
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The Skyscape home is built to be completely invisible from public roads
A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
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A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
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Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop
The home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
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The home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests
The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood
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The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood

A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner, though you won’t see it unless you know what you’re looking for. Concealed from view to passersby, The Skyscape by local firm WARchitect uses wooden materials and clean, straight lines to create a “borderless” box for a home with plenty of pop.

The five-story apartment building in Bangkok’s Jatujak district was previously topped by a largely empty space (water tanks aside). The owner sought out the services of WARchitect to use the concrete surface as the foundation for his new home 15 meters (49 ft) above street level, but completely invisible from public roads.

A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner
A vacant apartment rooftop featuring nothing but a few water tanks has been fitted out with a striking new home for the building’s owner

“We wanted it to be just a borderless box that emerges out of nowhere in the sky, as if the thickness of the wall and roof were non-existent, but still able to make holes in the ceiling to install curtains, air conditioners, and embed lights,” say the architects. “Our intention was to give an illusion to onlookers that the entire ceiling was in the same straight line even though we featured a drop ceiling and a slope that was intentionally used to make the wall and ceiling look thin.”

The home is designed predominantly for the owner’s private use rather than a space to entertain guests, featuring a central courtyard that is visible from anywhere in the house. Also inside is a dining area, living room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom with panoramic views via a large glass sliding door.

The warm wooden tones come through the heavy use of balau boards, a native Asian hardwood, which the owner had handy and features natural deformations, cracks and uneven colors to create a rustic timber charm.

To see more of The Skyscape home, have a flick through our gallery.

Source: WARchitect (Facebook)

4 comments
PhilippeHolthuizen
I suggest every photo in the article should lead to the gallery, not just the title photo.
roddy6667
Living in Bangkok requires massive amounts of A/C. I wonder how efficient all those glass walls are?
mediabeing
I would have liked to see the 'ugly' parts too. I would have liked to see the complete exterior, roof, etc.; the whole thing.
ljaques
Gorgeous apartment. I don't think I'd be comfy with that much wood, though, so I'd paint and carpet a few rooms. And I'm absolutely positive that the ER would be busy from people catching shins and hips on those =sharp= cornered bed platforms, dining table top, and coffee table corners.