Article By Aybige Tek Baan Plai Haad Pattaya Resort by The Beach, by T.R.O.P Terrains + Open space, in Soi Naklua 16, Wong Amat Beach, Thailand Living by the beach is a dream. Most of us that are in big cities dream of living in a beach resort at work or under the pressure of daily life. So, how do you create a global beach resort with a sense of creativity within a fabulous landscape for people who dream to live by the beach breeze? Baan Plai Haad Pattaya Resort’s landscape architects and architects found exactly the right solutions to this question. As a matter of fact, they have created such a great place that- this project even brought them a recognition from “TOP TEN Architects in Thailand 2013”, by BCI Asia Award.
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How is the Natural Landscape and Landscape Architecture of the Resort? Baan Plai Haad Pattaya Residential Units face this designed landscape when they look down from their balcony; one can see the triangular and irregular geometrical shapes of grass and hard surfaces that are combined with water channels filled with stones. Pools are around everything. These pools have individual trees standing one by one like a visual feast. Almost feng shui and zen-like simplicity is created with these stand-alone trees on the pools. The pools are accompanied by tall green fences.
Leading to the Beach From the Apartments
The stairs at the slope lead a person to the beach from the apartment units. We can certainly say that the landscape architect aimed to create continuity in these spaces. Movement helps with eye strain and relaxes the mind. The users can rest their eyes, enjoying this flowing landscape design and also take a walk down to the beach, passing all this landscape.Palm trees create that beach-resort feeling in the landscape. Stairs have grass on the threads. Every 3rd to 4th riser has grass on top. You do not only see stairs: you also see gorgeous green grass in between! The parking lot is also circled with lots of trees, almost like a buffer zone between the noise of the city and this resort.
The Night Time Atmosphere
Going to the apartments at night, tenants are welcomed by green walls with great lighting design in between. The surrounding walls have landscape design and this looks much fancier than a plain wall without any plants. An outdoor jacuzzi and pool complete the landscape with activities. Sounds of water elements are used a lot in this project and those sounds create a peaceful atmosphere. Green walls are plentiful and they are planted on grid wall systems. Some trees are planted with their own sculptures, like cube-shaped plants.Which Plants are Used at the Resort? T.R.O.P. landscape architects used the natural geography of the site and 12-meter slope which is genius. They have used what is given. The landscape architects touched the nature at minimum conditions, only to solve problems. The project consists of two different zones in its landscape. One zone is entry and the other is the hill zone which looks green from the seaside too. The plants used are Zoysia Japonica grass, Banyan Trees, Champaka, Makamong, Bungor, Yellow Oleander, Diospyros Buxifolia, Flame tree, Frangipani, Bengal Almond and Petel Balm. The grass chosen (Zoysia Japonica) is a low-maintenance grass which is also durable under sea breeze. How is the Residential Unit’s Architecture? The buildings are precast concrete with balconies. This resort has quite strong space planning! The entry starts with car drop-off that leads to the lobby and seating areas. The lobby, office of the building, mailroom, seating area and lift lobby spaces are very welcoming interior designs. The library and fitness area are valuable spaces for the buildings. As we go up the floors with elevators, there are 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom residential units. There is another facility room at the top of the building and another infinity pool with ocean views. There are also some trees on the roof. The 6th floor also has a community roof with a landscape and a small pool. The elevations feature aluminum grille-work which gives a new trendy look to the buildings. Quite fascinating grille geometry and patterns wrap the buildings’ elevations. The lobby has huge spaces that are decorated with wood details and awesome indoor furniture. How did the Complex put this Together for People to Enjoy? A community-building garden is the crucial part of this project. Imagine a place you just pack and go and make new friends too. The 6th floor pool and the infinity pool on the roof are strong get-together spaces to relax and unwind from the day.
What is the Overall Experience of Tenants of the Complex ?
One person can enjoy the gardens to rest and to meet other people. The jacuzzi and swimming pool opportunities can keep the tenants in good health. Going down the stairs to the beach is a route to connect to nature. The whole resort is connected to the beach in a way that is also connected to their homes. One step out and the person is at the beach. That’s quite a good life, isn’t it ?
Full Project Credits For the Baan Plai Haad Pattaya Resort by The Beach :
Project Name: Baan Plai Haad Pattaya Resort by The Beach Architect: Steven J. Leach Architects Architect Team: Phongphat Ueasangkhomset, Chanachai Bamroongphong Interior Designer Team: Steven J. Leach Architects Ltd. Totsapol Wibunsin, Julie Limsnukan Landscape Architect: T.R.O.P (Terrains + Open space) Lighting Designer: Whatandhow studio: Sanchai Kornwattananon Developer: Sansiri Ltd Project Location: Soi Naklua 16, Wong Amat Beach Date of Completion: 2015 Size: 4 Rai (Approximately) Awards: Recognition from “TOP TEN Architects in Thailand 2013”, By BCI Asia Award Recommended Reading:
- Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design by Michael Bayer
- Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature by Douglas Farrs
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