Unfolding House

Bangkok, Thailand

A house for an extended family in a dense residential area of a large metropolis evolved out of technique of orthographic projection in traditional east asian screen painting and the analysis of urban wall houses. Folded spaces and passages heighten awareness of time responding to the ebb and flow of a large household. Folded plate roofs gather the heavy local rainfall and allow venturi effect through rooms for natural ventilation.

Design Team:
Loom studio (Raveevarn Choksombatchai, and Ralph Nelson)

Honors and Exhibitions:
Recent Acquisition, a group show featured a series of drawings for Unfolding House, SFMoMA, May – Oct—2000

Unfolding House drawings and Ice Plate and Folded Plate, two Tibetan rugs were selected by The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection—2000

Drawing Board, Unfolding House, Architecture Minnesota 03/04—01/03/1994
Notion of Time: Unfolding House, (in Thai & English), Art 4d, Architecture/ Design & Arts Magazine, No. 57—01/01/2000
Bangkok Unfolded, Dwell, Vol 3—02/01/2003
Unfolding House, World House Now, Universe, Rizzoli International—01/01/2003
The Unfolding House, Bangkok, Contemporary World Interiors, Susan Yelavich, Phaidon Press—01/01/2007