‘Spatial Poetry’ by the seaside: Duangrit Bunnag's Bold Design Vision
Maverick, iconoclast and visionary architect and designer Duangrit Bunnag has created a contemporary Thai icon for the ages with Hotel de la Paix Cha Am Beach. By turns luxurious, Spartan, brutal, beguiling, subtle and a show off, this resort-as-architect-statement has certainly made waves in placid Cha Am.
From the austere grandeur of the almost Stalinist sense of arrival to the disorienting glamour of the seemingly infinite reflection pool to the luxury bunkers that hunker amidst manicured lawns and gracious shade trees, Bunnag and possibly his greatest creation eschew the everyday.
Guest rooms and resort facilities extend towards the beach in linear fashion, interwoven with a maze of open courtyards and private pathways. Solid shapes and geometric lines are softened by a palette of naturally aged woods, landscaped gardens and pools, inspired by the beauty of the natural surroundings. Beneath the minimalist façade unfolds a sequence of warmly inviting spaces for dining, wellness and relaxation, with sensual lighting to instigate the mood... stimulating, soothing, playful