Long, Low, and Luxurious: The 150M Weekend House by Shinchi Ogawa

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Ever wonder what it would be like to live in what’s purported to be the world’s longest house? Ask the owner of the 150M Weekend House by Shinchi Ogawa and Associates. Many sites refer to this house as “sandwich” architecture — for good reason. Its six bedrooms are intersected with lounges, living and dining areas, and staff quarters. Set on a hillside in Thailand’s Khao Yai forest, with a beautiful view of greenery and a pond, it has the basic form of a white cube, with one part sectioned off as a second story; this part leads to the swimming pool (itself a formidable size) and an additional deck terrace. An outdoor wood grain “walk” leads from one room to the other via the outside; a narrow interior staircase and corridor leads to different levels.

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Inside, visitors are greeted by a waterfall — and a stretched feel to the furnishings throughout. An entire bedroom wall is a shelving unit of green glass compartments; bathtubs, sinks, and even lamps are all based on rectangles. Seating is low and neutral-toned — grays, creams, and gentle browns. The fireplace is a narrow slot in one wall facing a seating area fronted by compact white coffee tables. Little is curved in this house, but one striking example is the outdoor spa — which also provides one of the few notes of color: at night, it is ringed with red light, a hue echoed in indirect lighting from the overhanging roof line. The contrast is rich against the unbroken, expansive feel of the remainder of the house, a dwelling that sets itself in its environment without compromise yet without fuss.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).