New Bangkok restaurant concept combines dining and domesticity in an unconventional way

New Bangkok restaurant concept combines dining and domesticity in an unconventional way

H Dining provides a public coffee bar and restaurant for the neighbourhood, while retaining the privacy of a renovated suburban house
10 Jan 2020 News

In the centre of Bangkok, H Dining by PHTTA Living Design is a coffee bar and restaurant combined with a recently renovated suburban Bangkok house. The unconventional combination aims to create a place for the neighborhood, while at the same time retaining the feel of a private house.

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From the street, the demolition of a previously existing boundary wall allows visitors to flow into the front lawn area, which now serves as the public space. In this space, there are a series of loosely arranged, semi-enclosed pavilions, which house a hot dog stand, performance space and craft beer bar.

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The semi-outdoor dining areas are separated by walls constructed of interlocking concrete pavement blocks, often used on footpaths in Bangkok The blocks, laid either vertically or horizontally, area painted red-brown by hand to make a random design, adding an artistic touch to a mass-produced element that has been given a new function. Throughout, the design experiments with a number of other typical Thai building materials, including zigzag brick and rattan.

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The pavilions remain open to the sky with the use of clear roof sheeting, shaded by trees in the garden

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Before entering the main house itself, guests are allowed a back-of-house view of the bar through the large plate glass window, again to promote the idea of openness. Inside the entrance is a cylindrical stainless steel stand from where guests can choose to dine upstairs or downstairs. In contrast to the stand, the bar and furniture throughout the interior keep a domestic feel, with the use of rattan and wood.

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