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NOOK DEE RESORT

Muang, Phuket
Thailand
2015

NOOK DEE RESORT

Muang, Phuket
Thailand
2015

NOOK DEE RESORT

Muang, Phuket
Thailand
2015
Thainess in our perception is defined by many factors. It is a clich when we think about this word and the following phrases come along, gorgeous culture, jewel and gold embellished temple, delicate Thai Kanok pattern and such. This project begins with an approach to this word in a different perspective. The owner come to us with a book in his hand that changes those way of thinking about Thainess, the Very Thai. The contents simply reflects countryside life in Thailand, interesting ones yet simple. Baan Nok is the word they call a rural area in Thailand, and because of this word that inspired the designer and lead to concept of Baan Nok Kao Krung, the clumsy state when rural people come to town. The project locates at the end of the road where approach is a weak point. A large drop-off is the solution of this problem, it is a fair trade off for a good impression of the visitor with some of saleable area. What hides behind the walls and entrance gate, is waiting for visitors to experience it. The architect tried to imitate the view of Tiang Na, a small pavilion among the rice field, an ordinary vista of the countryside, by laying a compact size pavilion style lobby on a greeny grass lawn. The proportion of the building is a small ratio to the overall lawn area, endless ocean horizon scenery is fully exposed by this design. Inside that small pavilion, the space is simple with not much decoration. The ceiling is cladded with black painted gypsum board patterned as Fah Pakon, a simple zig-zag pattern on Thai house wall. The reception counter is a clean design with a large backdrop, the weaving black and white pattern is inspired by Thai handicraft products Fah Shee. There are some touch of bright orange fabric to the furniture to add some fun to the space. The Geology of a steep coastal site allows visitors to look down to Kata Noi beach at first visit. A long swimming pool is integrated to the area, perpendicularly laid to the horizon, stretching out in the air. The length is 50 meters, an acrylic panel is inserted at the end of the pool just for the swimmer to enjoy the ocean view that lies to the edge of the world. The architecture is simple, all the guest rooms are planned to achieve the sea view without any obstacle. The visitors is lead to their room by an L-shape corridor. Floor material is simply greyish tile, while at the front door a more delicate painted concrete tiles take places to add some focal point. The guest rooms doors are also painted by artists. The pictures are inspired by colorful Thai elements such as fighting fish tails, Took Took color strips fabric or a Thai Giant paint on temple walls. These paintings on the doors add some fun the greyish corridor when we look from the lawn. Inside the rooms, there are many aspects of rural Thai used to make the space more interesting. At the entrance door, the tiles continue from the corridor to the area in front of bathroom. The wardrobe is left open with just a white lace fabric, used for window curtain in local Thai house, to cover it. The mini-bar cabinet is imitating Too Kab Kao, Thai food closet every single family is familiar to. The headboard seems to standout most with Paa Toong ,Thai colorful fabric with patterns used for female cloth cutting. The headboard composed with some different pattern Paa Toong which laid overlapping each other like Thai house overlapping wooden wall. With all these interior decorations and simple architecture elements, Nook Dee hotel, with its given name seems to be so much fun to the visitors who seek for a different perspective of Thainess.
AWARDS
ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTY AWARDS : 5 STARS BEST HOTEL ARCHITECTURE THAILAND 2017-2018

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