Skyscrapers rising in a big city are reducing the number of trees and greenery area which is gradually disappeared. People living in a city seem slowly far away from the nature. What all people need to have a break from work is peace. Surprisingly, it is hard to believe that deep into Soi Bearing 109 that links the main roads of the Bangkok, there is a little white home concealing itself surrounded by purely fresh air of a peaceful big garden. When I first step into the place, I feel as if I were a young woman in a film.
A little house in a big forest is such a very perfect definition from what I felt after entering into the area of this house. The owner of the house is Ajarn Amnat Keetapanna whom you may get familiar with his name because he is well-known as one of the top leading architects and landscape designers of Thailand. He is also the founder of Music Camp too. After strolling around and enjoying surrounding nature, we are invited into the house with a friendly welcome by Ajarn Amnat, the owner, before having a warm talk about the background of the house.
“The design of the house and my lifestyle are related . I built this house 27 years ago. This piece of land has been transferred from generations to generations for over 60 years. As the land was lying low; I dug it to make a big pond, and the soil was used to fill up the land where the house was built.And so, I call it a house on mud. It can be seen that the house is embraced with a semi-English style garden which occupies an area of 3600 square meters. Most plants are easy to find, easy to take care of and inexpensive. The principle concept to arrange the garden is to add particular details from one spot to another. Those guests visiting this place will always be surprised.” I also feel like that because not only feeling fresh and seeing beautiful nature, I can also sit in this place all day without feeling bored at all.
“The house is coated white because we can add anything into a white tone with harmonious blending. It is totally 20 years; something changes and something remains the same. Most pieces of furniture used in decoration are loose or movable ones which are easy to be arranged. Every piece is the owner’s favorite. Some of them are from other countries and some are designed by the owner. Some pieces of the furniture are the owner’s collection, and some has just been bought recently. Some of these decorative items have meaningful background behind. Though they may not be expensive; they have tremendous sentimental value. Whenever I touch them, they draw me back to my memory in the past.”
In addition, Ajarn Amnat also opens his house to transfer his idea and knowledge to other young generations too. It is not only for living, the house is also adapted to be a venue for music performance once a month. The music show is formed by new generation musicians, singers and excellent pianists. He also invites senior guests to the show.
At every corner in the house, we can overlook changes of plants and trees outside. It is similar to our life that always changes every day. Many things are changed appropriately through times. However, this is not so important because the owner can live his life surrounded by what he loves which are music, arts and nature. Everything reflected by this white house can really tell the story in the past of the owner so impressively.