Located in Bangkok, Thailand, the Marble House is an extraordinary architectural concept brought to life by Openbox Architects. The designers aimed to allow the behavior of inhabitants to carve their living space into a marble sculpture. While the main structure appears sturdy, its lightness defies gravity as it seemingly hovers in the air. The landscape design flows beneath through the central courtyard.
As marble remnants fall into the courtyard, they become part of the landscape features—isolated, yet visually bold, as if they were once part of the marble mass and now exist in a dynamic state, much like a living organism.
The building creates a unique shape, form, and space by shifting the structure in linear and non-linear planes. The Marble House is situated at one end of a rectangular plot of land with a magnificent Rain Tree at the opposite end. The visual impact of the Rain Tree is enhanced by a modern architectural pavilion. The contrast between the simplest structure and a fully grown, naturally shaped Rain Tree, over a reflective swimming pool surface, creates a memorable, signature scene for the house.
In reality, the marble finishes are large-scale, lightweight wall tiles with a marble pattern print. When used as an external finish applied over a layer of internal brick walls, it also serves as weather cladding, shielding the house from direct sunlight and the external heat of Bangkok's summer, thereby helping to cool the interior during the day.
The relationship between architecture and landscape is subtly displayed everywhere. The overall square-shaped structure surrounds an open courtyard, allowing natural light and ventilation to reach all remote corners. Bamboo in the central courtyard moves and sways to create the presence of wind.
The concept of "private balconies" is very useful for an urban residence surrounded by neighbors. Pockets of enclosed open terraces provide privacy while welcoming natural light and ventilation. The void above such areas becomes a great feature, described by the architect as the "private sky."
Some windows have to be placed on the neighboring side. The concept of tilting windows towards a more open corner of the surroundings also contributes to the form of the house. After all, it all started by having the inhabitants' behavior and view preferences naturally shape this piece of sculpture. The play of materials, space, and forms flows seamlessly inside-out and outside-in, making strong connections between architecture, landscape, and interior.
This elegant house is not just a residence but also a monument where living space integrates with art and nature. With every detail, it showcases the magnificent fusion of marble and architecture, presenting a sophisticated example of modern living.