Openbox Architects were founded in 2004, and ‘Marble House’ was constructed in Bangkok under the lead of architect Ratiwat Suwannatrai.
Following the studio’s architectural ethos, the team have created a sculptural marble facade that respects and complements the landscape. The white marble piece appears elevated above the black first floor facade, in a manner that welcomes and protects the courtyard beneath it, presenting innovative possibilities for the solid, substantial material.
‘Marble House’ follows an overall cubic form over two storeys and a basement area. The contrast of linear and nonlinear line detailing sits harmoniously with the rectangular land plot, maintaining natural features including a large, untouched rain tree.
Further relationships between the architecture and landscape are founded through the inclusion of a balcony, skylight windows and a reflection of the surroundings in the surface of the swimming pool that wraps around the pavilion.