Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

Madani Matadian | Tuesday, 17 May 2022

(Text description provided by the architects)

UAD architects set out to create a contemporary farmhouse quietly integrated into the Kulen mountain context of Siem Reap. The design philosophy is to establish a house that can participate in the flow of the natural environment and make the surroundings the most captivating experience of the building. This house is sited on a cultivated landscape, shaped by the region’s farm structures, and gently slopes down southwards to a huge pond that simply collects and stores water. 

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

On one side, the ground floor is laid out as a ground plane, accessible from the street; on the other side, is filled with boulders and sloped gardens. The concrete cylinder, natural stone stepping path, and retaining rock walls create multi-purpose gardens with various terraces and are simply used to hold soil in place. The presence of a sizeable volume of rocks is a basic element in the landscape, a material that evokes the mountain of Kulen. Looking from south to north, the rising slope creates a link between the building façade and the views towards the mountains on the north and makes the house's ground floor completely disappear into the landscape topography. 

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

The farmhouse is comprised of four bedrooms, an open main living, dining, and kitchen space, and an open garage. From the staircase, the architects designed in such a way that we would cast our eyes into the contemplating space. In order to increase the interior's natural light, a skylight above the stairs was designed. On the first floor, the functional spaces are held in a central volume to provide all the surrounding space with an opportunity to be used freely as a living area. The bedrooms and the bathrooms are arranged towards the views. 

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

The client's wish is for a living space that interacts with the unspoiled countryside and offers an extraordinary panoramic view of the mountain via large sliding glass doors. The curved glass window below the first floor’s staircase provides glimpses of the garden and the natural landscape outside. The various levels of the home enable visitors to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape. The same varieties of plants, vines, and ornamental grass from the area have been used in the landscape design to preserve the site characteristics and create a landscape responsive to the seasons.

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

Kulen Farmhouse by UAD Architects

 

Project Information

Office Name :
UAD Architects
Project Location :
Cambodia
Completion year :
2021
Photographer Name :
Oudompheaktra Ang
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