Baan Teelanka: The Floor on your head !

   Upside Down House in Phuket


However, the local architect had made very precise plans.
His mission was limited to executing the plans, filing the building permit in order to obtain the necessary authorizations...
The next steps, namely the construction itself and the various problems that could result from it, could be resolved directly by the contractor.
No site monitoring provided for in the architect's contract.
Everything seemed perfectly closed... and yet...
Alex, the owner, one day gave the contractor the plan file in question (highly recommended by a friend), but warned him that he would be away for a few months, and that he was counting on him, so that, when he returned from Switzerland where he was going to settle some business, he could find a practically completed site and a house ready for use, in other words, that there would be nothing left but to move in...

People who have lived in Thailand for a long time and who are used to working with local companies know that being away for a long time is never a good solution and that some surprises can be discovered when they return to this type of work. Frankly, it is better to be on site regularly and do some kind of control, to play the site manager or the archi.... 

The work had nevertheless progressed well, the deadlines were more or less in line with what had been planned, but the surprise was nevertheless both surprising and unusual: never seen before in Thailand: the contractor had read all the plans backwards and the house was 180° reversed.

The contractor had started by building the roof, which did not surprise him particularly. The masonic workers, on the other hand, simply did what they were asked to do without discussion....

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow... how to build the floors?

How to do this? no question of starting all over again, it would cost him too much and then the deadlines would not be respected, hence, late penalties that would swallow up the small profit acquired with great difficulty..............................................in which mess our local small entrepreneur finds himself in...... because of his carelessness.

One day, when he woke up after a night probably well watered, and with a few joints gone up in smoke to have ideas out of the ordinary... the idea then came to him to simply turn the roof over and finally to build everything in the process, that is to say... upside down, and to finish with the floor that would inevitably end up... up there!

After reading and rereading the contract signed by the architect and the client, he said to himself at that moment: after all, there was nothing specified in the contract: nothing, absolutely nothing, required that the roof be placed at the top of the building. It's not indicated anywhere!


He continued in this way during the few months of the construction period, taking advantage of the absence of Alex the owner to complete his innovation.
As a result, given the final shape of the house, our entrepreneur with special ideas, the obvious result of an excess of night smoke, continued along this path and began to install all the furniture in the same direction as the house, that is, all backwards.
A complete dining room, a living room with its armchairs and sofas, television, a complete kitchen, bathroom, shelves... in short, everything was normally hung on the floor as it should be, no matter in which direction the floor was located... It's just a small detail after all.
All that remains is to walk on your head...
Alex on his return from Switzerland, after discovering this not very common realization, accepted this not really banal difference, thinking that after all, Thailand is a country of great tolerance and with many surprises... let's accept this difference and why not live in a setting that is out of the ordinary and our habits...
After all, compared to Thailand, the people who are settled in the antipodes, that is to say about 200km from the Peruvian coasts, have their house there, built backwards compared to Phuket, so finally in the same way as Alex's!
It's a bit like the igloo built one at the North Pole, and the other at the South Pole....
at the South Pole people walk well with their feet up, don't they?
But you will have understood it... all this narrative about the construction and the particular contractor is pure utopia...   

 

But the house, I assure you... it's really upside down!

 It starts at the reception desk.  

As soon as you arrive, you understand that something here is not quite usual. Models, a Vespa, a typical English phone booth are there, standing upside down...

Then a staircase... in the right direction (fortunately), allows you to enter through the roof, into this completely imaginary place, completely unreal.

With the onlookers, for once...!

Generally, I avoid photographing places with onlookers, walkers, tourists... but for once, I am obliged to make an exception and it is therefore voluntarily that I did not try to avoid people, just to make it clear that all the furniture is indeed..... backwards!

Funny ideas.... 


Thai (and Asians in general) have this super-sympa, they love to have their picture taken and very often it doesn't bother them that we come and join them to share... not sure that it can be done in France so easily...
In any case, I allowed myself, with a little smile of course to interfere in their artistic research and finally, the result is quite surprising...
On one side, the original photo, with a pose that might seem strange at first, and on the other side, the same photo turned 180°: the young girl gives the impression of embarking on a balancing act on the fridge door...

Good point!

We go up below... we go down above ?

At the very top, i. e. below on the ground floor, there is a traditional Bangkok Tuk-Tuk, and other everyday utensils: golf equipment, the doghouse with... the dog... and the kid's bike....

Below, i. e. above, you will find the traditional equipment found in most traditional houses: dining room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen...

Once again, I must point out the fact that people are easily photographed, and that they necessarily give meaning to the artistic side of the thing.

A Labyrinth, just to get lost in it a little.. 

At the back of the building, a small park with hedges forming a labyrinth... it can be fun to find your way back inside... a recreational side for children...

Welcome to Alex and Shanissa's house 



Alex, his wife Tiwa and daughter Shanissa, welcome you every day from 10am to 6pm.
The place is on the By-Pass road on the left side coming from the airport... just after the "Premium Outlet" centre.





Même le Badge du staff, s'il est à l'endroit, le nom, lui ne l'est pas...
Pour les photos, idem, il y a un sens ! 

Geo-localization exercise for schoolchildren....

As a result, this story allows us to do a little geography exercise...

You have never asked yourself what point on the globe is directly opposite your position? it is true that it is not every day to know... but still... why not take an interest for a few seconds.

A young elementary schoolchild could be asked the question: "Can you determine the place on the globe that is right opposite your position...? ».
In this case, compared to Phuket, the answer is about the same: 700km northwest of Lima in Peru and 200km off the Peruvian coast... 

Thanks to this visit, I now know that the furniture, objects and people that are in the same direction as Alex's house in Phuket are located near Peru!

You will find a site that gives this kind of information: http://www.antipodr.com/ 
Just type in the name of your city... the antipode will be displayed as below!