May 22nd, 2011 – We’ve had our eyes on Casa De La Flora for quite some time now, patiently anticipating the first glimpse of the new resort on the sands of Thailand. Vasu Virajsilp and Boonlert Deeyuen, leading architects and co-founders of VaSLab Architects, worked closely with Casa De La Flora owner Sompong Dowpiset to give a tropical retreat a contemporary and cutting edge aesthetic.
Boxy structures make up the 36 villa resort. Each villa is complete with a private pool, a small garden, seaside view, and a 24-hour butler service. The layout of the resort is designed to provide each guest ample privacy while maximizing their view. VaSLab achieved this balance by designing each villa as a monolithic rectangular frame structure with floor to ceiling glass windows. To provide each guest a scenic view, the villas are cleverly stacked in rows up ascending the hill.
VaSLab chose natural materials such as planks of wood, stone, concrete, and rock partitions, fusing them together to add warmth and local relevance to the modern design. Sets of solar panels were integrated into the roofs of the villas, unseen by the resort guests and rainwater is collected to achieve a sustainable initiative.
The concept of meshing nature with the design is apparent as VaSLab allowed for existing plant life to naturally flourish within the common and private pool areas, and in La Arunya, the outdoor restaurant. Casa De La Flora’s mantra is to successfully “blend privacy, peace, beauty, nature, and comfort together with style, sewing it on a trendy silver plate.” After getting a peek at the resort, we’re not going to argue with that!
(Imagery Provided By Casa De La Flora)
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