A new resort lives on a hillside among the trees in Thailand

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

 

Sicart & Smith Architects have designed Suan Kachamudee, a boutique resort, located on the east coast of Koh Samui in Thailand.

 

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The designer’s description

The project is located on a hill with a breath-taking view and with very strong constraints: a slope over 50%, large and numerous granite rocks, and lush vegetation.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

We developed the project around these constraints, taking advantage of each.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The main idea was to create a contrast between the buildings and the rocks.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The buildings are irregular sharp white blocks that sit on the luxuriant landscape, in contrast with the existing massive round black granite stones.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

These white blocks are split in various units, distributed along the slope of the site, minimizing the density perception, and adjusting their location to the existing granite rocks, as well to preserve the existing vegetation.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The design of the white shell has been studied carefully, in regards to the solar protection under tropical climate.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The guests arrive to the Reception / SPA building that provide an amazing view to the sea.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The path leads the guest to the Main building with the swimming pool located in the core of the land.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

The bedroom units with their own private terraces are spread around the main building.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

Overall, the project is composed of 8 bedrooms split in 5 blocks, a SPA, a Main Building with a large swimming pool and a complete living area.

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

Suan Kachamudee Resort, Thailand, by Sicart & Smith Architects

Photography by Anne Sophie Maestracci

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