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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa de la Flora Resort in Khao Lak, Thailand by VaSLab Architecture

November 22nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: VaSLab Architecture

The latest member of Design Hotel in Thailand, Casa de La Flora, the 36 cube-shaped villas located in Khao Lak, brings a modern edge to this palm tree beach of Phangnga province. Designed by VaSLab Architecture, commissioned in 2008 by one of leading Thai businessmen Sompong Dowpiset, this beachfront resort was aimed to serve as a new high profile but yet humble destination hotel in this beautiful town of the southern Thailand.

Beachfront suite villa, three interlocking boxes contain two bedrooms and a living room

  • Architects: VaSLab Architecture
  • Project: Casa de la Flora Resort
  • Location: Khao Lak, Phangnga, Thailand
  • Project owner: Mr. Sompong Dowpiset
  • Photographer: Jason Michael Lang
  • Software used: AutoCAD, SketchUp, and 3dS Max

Beachfront villa with one bedroom and a living room

  • Architect Team: VaSLab Architecture; Vasu Virajsilp and Boonlert Deeyuen (principals), Navarat Vashiratragool (project architect), Sompong Thonaphan, Boonkuan tang (project team)
  • Interior designer: VaSLab Architecture; Vasu Virajsilp and Boonlert Deeyuen (principals), Thawatchai Klongwatthanakith (head interior designer), Navarat Vashiratragool, Sompong Thonaphan, Boonkuan tang (project team)
  • Landscape designer: T.R.O.P.; Pok Kobkongsanti (principal), Theerapong Sanguansripisut (project designer), Kampon Prakobsajakul, Teerayut Pruekpanasan (project team)
  • Lighting designer: APLD Lighting Design; Kanokporn Nuchsaeng (principal)
  • Element/ product designer: Anon Pairot Design Studio; Anon Pairot (principal), Nipitpol Phurichboonsub, Soranun Choochut (project team)

Casa de La Flora view from the ocean

The brief given to the architect is a unique resort that consist a series of pool villas with maximum ocean views possible. Facilities as reception lounge, swimming pool, pool bar, beachfront restaurant, spa, fitness, and library are the must-have programs in this hotel. The owner challenges the architect to create a bold look of architecture but yet yields to warmness and nature after its implied name, “flora”. VaSLab’s metaphorical design takes on the act of  “arising flora”, where each concrete versus wood villa reflects as a flora form, emerges from the ground, and blooms to reach the daylight. Deviated walls and tilted roofs are characterized throughout the series of 36 cubic-form villas, where these tapered elements do not only recall the act of arising flora but they widen the rooms perspective frames when looking outward to the sea.

Evening view of the swimming pool and beachfront villas_ back side

The continuity of these lines can be seen also in interior space and at interior elements such as built-in beds, coffee tables, and built-in cabinets. Custom-made furniture designed by Anon Pairot Design Studio carries this thematic design as some of them represent organic form of a flora. The same as landscape and hardscape work from a talented designer T.R.O.P., who extends the lines of architecture into a set of charming path ways, pavement blocks, green walls, etc., as they act like its architecture’s root, stem, and branches. APLD, the lighting designer, abstractly sets the resort’s lighting to provoke the main architectural elements; deviated walls, tilted roofs, as if the villa cubes are arising above the ground.

Garden-view villa with its wooden screen, creating more privacy

Its glass-fronted villas have clean interiors featuring concrete surfaces, natural stone walls, and wooden floors/ ceilings. Ten units stand directly to the beach, with maximum sea views, and all come with private pools, 24-hour butler service and the latest in-room entertainment. Eco-friendly credentials come in the form of an ozone (low-chemical) purification system for the swimming pools and waste-water and rain water recycling.

Maximum view to the sea from master bedroom in the evening

The beachfront villa with the inside-out relationship between the interior and the exterior

The deviated roof lines, metaphorical design to reflect _the arising flora_

The flow of space from living room into split-level bathroom & bedroom above

The reflection of evening sea view from the bathroom_s mirror

View from presidential suite to the Andaman Sea

View from swimming pool with duplex villa on the right and presidential suite in background

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Categories: 3dS Max, Autocad, Hotel, SketchUp

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