Gaa – Tranformation of a Thai House

Architectkidd Gaa

Architectkidd creates new possibilities with an ancient Thai House for Gaa, a contemporary restaurant by Michelin starred chef Garima Arora.

Gaa is a transformation of an ancient Thai house into a modern fine dining space. With the new design, Architectkidd reflects on the ongoing journey of the house, which originated from Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The wood joinery techniques of the ‘Ruen Thai’ allow it to be assembled and disassembled and the house was moved and reconstructed in its new location in Bangkok.

Characteristic of Thai houses are the undulating roof forms and curved ceiling spaces. A string installation was designed to flow through and accentuate the volume of the Thai house. These strings are a modern interpretation of ‘Sai Sin’ – white threads strung along rafters of houses and buildings to symbolize the spiritual connection and bliss of people gathered together within the space.

Architectkidd’s design for Gaa expresses new possibilities within a traditional space. For Gaa, the creation of food is not a product but something that comes from elevating ideas and approaches. The new design for Gaa has been enriched by interconnecting old and new processes in order to create a new gathering space for food.

For more information about Gaa, see this article on Art4d here. Project photography by Aey Somsawat.