The Library is a resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, where designer Tirawan Songsawat created a minimalist structure while intruding as little as possible on the site by building around old-growth trees. Guests may lose themselves among vegetation interspersed with artwork and statuary, contrasting a colour scheme in which white, red, black and grey predominate: the Library’s exterior is white, the swimming pool red, the restaurant grey. Interiors follow the same ultra minimalist palette and feature low-slung, rectilinear furnishings that invite visitors to stretch out and listen to the lapping of the waves – or of course dive into the books in the exemplary namesake library.
The Saffire Freycinet is a recently completed resort in Tasmania, Australia.
Tasmanian architects Morris Nunn and Associates, together with interior designers from Chhada Siembieda, were asked to design an iconic development that captures the essence of the region and connects with its environment. The buildings are conceptually organic, evoking a connection to the sea, through references of waves, sand dunes and a flowing, organic form.