Another project with the terrace functioning as the key architectural component is Sansiri’s Baan Plai Haad that has Steven J. Leach Architects (SL+A) overseeing the design. The project consists of one 31-story building and one 7-storey building and the room types range from one to three bedrooms. Among the total 353 units are duplexes that are located towards the end of the building, physically observable from the terrace with a double-height space. The design team intended for this feature to function as a gimmick within the overall physical appearance of the building’s exterior.
The use of massive, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and the allocation of the terrace are further incorporated and utilized to enhance the spatial continuity, moving from the living room to the dining area. The units located to the north wing of the building are designed to embrace the spectacular Wongamat beach. The facade of the north building highlights the vertical line whereas the elevation of the units towards the west wing, which offers the privilege of a court side sunset view, plays with the horizontal line to create variations and movements of the building’s surface.
The use of massive, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and the allocation of the terrace are further incorporated and utilized to enhance the spatial continuity, moving from the living room to the dining area.”
SLA+A explains that such execution helps fabricate interesting motions of light and shadow varied throughout the day according to the different conditions of the sunlight. The details of the resort-style design can be seen in the communal areas such as the drop-off zone, reception, lobby and fitness area with the use of natural materials ranging from wood to stone and natural ventilation serving as a key element and contributing to the absence of an air conditioning system. The landscape by TROP is equally interesting, with the uniquely sophisticated lines, particularly the long and narrow path leading to the beach. TROP handled the space by breaking up the confined walkway with different activities such as a terraced garden and Jacuzzi pool, etc. emerging along the way and reminiscent of a journey that is filled with new discoveries.