Aqualina
Koh Samui, Thailand

Design Phase               : 2006
Show villa completed : 2007

GFAB are undertaking architectural, interior and landscape design as well as acting as the master planners for this project. Three variations of villa types were to be repeated over a 16,000 square metre site close to the beach in the north of Koh Samui, enjoying expansive views of Koh Phagnan and the strait that separates the two islands.

In response to Thailand’s new planning laws which demand 80% of living spaces to be located under a pitched roof, we made the roof the dominant feature of the design. It extends all the way to the floor and features a series of stepped planters irrigated by an integrated system intended to recycle water, bringing a new notion to the concept of a grass roofed tropical house.

Beneath this, the common areas are treated to soaring double height spaces with mezzanine studies. High level operable louvres and minimally detailed doors, combined with reflecting pools, enable the property to enjoy good natural cross-ventilation whilst still being able to be closed up and mechanically ventilated if the occupants wish.

A total of 18 villas were planned along with staff/back of house areas, and a small restaurant/ clubhouse intended to serve as a multi-functional space for weddings, parties and conferences or simply as a hangout spot for the villa owners.

A single villa was undertaken and remains pristine condition. The site has been on sale for some time and the future of the project remains unclear.

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