Lampyris House by S+PBA


The Lampyris House is a hillside bungalow designed by Bangkok architecture firm S+PBA. The site is located on a remote hillside adjacent to the Khao Yai national park, affording the house very prominent views of the park by day but little or no view at night due to its complete isolation.


“Lampyris” refers to a firefly that emits a constant source of light after dusk. In the architects’ first visit to the site, they imagined the pitch darkness of the site at night, and envisioned a cluster of disembodied lights suspended—firefly-like—before the hillside’s silhouette.


In what the architects call a “picture-frame effect”, the interior and exterior by reciprocating views enjoyed from within the house by day with nocturnal views of the house from without by night.


In place of pictures, paintings and decorations that usually adorn the flatness of a plain wall, here large windows are fragmented and scattered across walls in picture frame size apertures.

Wall and window, interior and exterior, lose their binary nature as they dematerialize into one another.


A lap pool spans the length of the living room space, with bridge-like walkways perching across the water, creating a sense of visual layers and depth in space. The many openings in the walls allow for ample light to spill across the monochromatic surfaces in an even wash.

S+PBA is a Bangkok based Architecture firm founded in 2005 by 2 principal architects, Ponlawat Buasri and Songsuda Adhibai.



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  4. Nice photos. I have been looking for more pix of Lampyris house since I first heard of it. Living in the area and passing by the location of the house I’ve been curious to see more since it has been called a world class architecture. There are plenty of big homes, some quite beautiful, in the Khao Yai area but not that many that are so unusual in design. Mostly what we see now days are “Tuscan” knock off houses being built.

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