“Harmonizing the simplicity of nature, bringing an alternative environment that is unpretentious, local natural and lively.”
Condition of the site prior the construction was all-round soil slope without any tree. Therefore, to design a proper slope to prevent soil erosion was the priority.
The concept of grading was to focus on the flat land around the house, designed as functional space. And, to keep the rest as suitable slope to prevent erosion and also conform to the architecture.
Planting concept was aimed to be low maintenance by selecting local plantation that grow well in the area such as Natal Grass (Melinis repens). Others were used to create a Forestry feeling that also low maintenance were Burmese Sal, Bestard Cedar, Burma Padauk, Indian Rhododendrom, Crape Ginger, Bandicoot Berry and Vetiver Grass.
Layout planning concept according to site's context and surround environment were
1. To create privacy at entrance road by using boundary fence and variety of tall trees.
2. To create an open space within the area for a number of activities and to allow wind flow to the house.
3. To provided private corners for relaxation. To use 'Thung' (a stool or a small table) which can be used as table or seating as main furniture that is flexible for different usages.
4. To provide a remote perspective and open large deck.
5. To provide a viewing spot that is possible for campfire, connects to the parlor situated down the hill. This path has mild and comfortable steps and colorful plants.
6. To use Natal grass as main element for the remained landscape with the addition of Vetiver grass at some area to create grassland atmosphere, at the same time to prevent soil erosion.
7. To allow a wide angle perspective at the parlor by having an
open space in front which has some shrubs which act as safety fence.