Ambient House
am·bi·e nt
/a’ambe nt/
1. of or relating to the immediate surroundings of something
2. existing or present on all sides

Designed to be fully present in the environment of Jin Hai Lake, the Ambient House responds to each of its physical and atmospheric surroundings. Conceived as a system with multiple layers, the envelope of the house can be operated and transformed to provide the most desirable and temperate living conditions.

In addition to the house, the site also integrates a seamless variety of pools, ponds and luscious gardens, composing a vibrant pallet of textures, smells, and visual delights. Both the gardens and the house are interwoven—with the inside and outside engaged in constant dialogue—offering many unique milieux of engagement staged within one of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes.
Jinhai Lake, Beijing, China
Design Team:
Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Norbert Wong, Yuxing Chen, D’Genaro Pullido, Sophy Shi, and Kiley Feickert, Structural Engineer Consultant: Claudio Martonffy
Structural Engineer: 
Claudio Martonffy
Honors and
Ambient House and 232 Wurster Hall, the AIA Design Award Exhibition, the AIASF Gallery, 2014

Ambient House and Grace Street Live/Work was exhibited at ASA 2015 exhibition, Challenger Hall Impact, Bangkok, 2015

Design Citation Award in Unbuilt Architecture Category for Ambient House, Jin Hai Lake, Beijing, AIA San Francisco Chapter, 2014