Headland Holiday Villa 3is part of a group of six alluring holiday homes immersed in the tropical haven of Koh Samui, Thailand. The houses were recently redesigned, in order to answer the comfort needs of the contemporary tourist, while preserving some of the initial traditional features. From limed hardwoods to thatched roofing, natural materials were employed throughout, minimizing the environmental impact. According to the owners’ description, “Villa no.3 is blessed with the widest frontage and sweeping views that never cease to amaze. From every room you can see clear to the distant islands and the horizon beyond. Wake in the mornings to the sounds of waves lapping on the shore below. Spend your days in peaceful luxury and as the light fades and the colors begin to change, finish off the day sipping drinks on the terrace with a backdrop of the most spectacular sunsets you are ever likely to see“- talk about a tantalizing description. The villa consists of two pavilions, one housing two bedrooms and the other accommodating the open plan living room. Enjoy the show!
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.