Villa Amanzi / Original Vision

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Design team: Original Vision Ltd
Project architects: Adrian McCarroll, Waiman Cheung, Jamie Jamieson
Location: Kamala beach, , Thailand
Project area: 2,644 sqm, 800 sqm of internal area
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Gerritsen. Helicam Asia Aerial Photography

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Nestled in a cascading, west facing ravine with a dramatic slab of rock defining the northern edge and a stunning outlook over the azure blue of the Andaman Sea to the south, our commission; to do this demanding but ultimately spectacular site justice, was both daunting and exciting.

The defining elements are the rock and the view. They dominate at every juncture. They resonate on first approach, through the migration from public to private space, in the living and in the family areas, in the gardens, in the bedrooms; and they continue to command respect down the tropical jungle steps that arrive at a secluded rock platform, flanked by the same seam that welcomed you 60m above. Constant reference to these elements instills a feeling of solidity that contrasts with the openness of the house, reinforcing the dynamism and vibrancy that pays homage to the magic of the location.


The home grows out from the rock; the bedroom element rests between it and the wing that strikes the perpendicular, rising vertically from the slope. This composition defines the open living and dining space that is simply a transition between two garden areas. It is intimate but open and the uninterrupted clear span creates a bridge under which the conventions defining indoor space disappear.

Cantilevered over a massage sala, the swimming pool completes the composition. It is the focal point that draws the eye to the view and instills a calmness that provides balance with the energy of the architecture.

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Allocation of Living Space

The provision and allocation of living space in the house is carefully distributed over the three main levels of accommodation.

At the main entrance or Entertainment Level, the principal open living and dining space forms the core of the entertainment function. The terraces, swimming pool, dining sala and barbeque area all refer and rely on this main space and together, complete the composition. Supporting this function are the kitchen, storage, laundry and staff areas.

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Above the Entertainment Level is the main family Bedroom Level. The master suite is accompanied by a further three bedrooms, all of which, including their bathrooms, command uninterrupted ocean views.

Sliding doors can be opened front and back to encourage the monsoon breezes to cool the rooms.

Below the Entertainment Level, two further bedrooms, a private spa and a large games and family room complete the home on the Guest and Spa Level.

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It is from this level that access is gained to the steps leading to the rock pools and the ocean.

Planning Restrictions

The principal planning restrictions on the west coast of Phuket are a series of set-back zones from the Mean High Water Line (MHWL). These zones control density, site coverage and height limits.

Located within the 3rd of these zones, a band that has been designed to allow low density and low visual impact development, Villa Amanzi is well within limits and therefore enjoys generous green space around it.

Cite: "Villa Amanzi / Original Vision" 28 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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    Great project, the site is wonderful and the result is incredible. If only the house was alone in the scenery…

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      when your there at the house you actually feel like your alone in the scenery. its amazing.

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    i must agree with the above comments. this does in fact scream falling water! however at least it’s a beautiful rip off!

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    This house definately reminds me of Fallingwater. The cantilevers, the rocks penetrating the building… Look at the staircase. It is almost an exact copy of the staircase in Fallingwater that leads down to the river

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    I’m not a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan but you all need to study his work a little more. Where’s the fireplace in this design? All of FLW’s home designs generate from the fireplace. While Falling Water is unique in that the fireplace is not literally in the center of the plan, it plays a huge part in the structural design. Falling Water is also very dark inside and views are framed horizontally. This house is completely open.
    A better comparison would be to Mies van der Rohe but this design doesn’t rip anyone off, Wright or Mies. At any rate, I’m sure there’s a very happy client. Great work!

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    Falling water? Are you kidding me? that’s not true. This is an amazing house, doesn’t compare to Falling water, it resembles, yes, but what doesn’t? Frank L. Wright created a style. Is the same as saying that someone is coping Palladio. Such dumb comment to say.

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    you cannot “rip off” famous houses… you can be inspired by them. there are no truly new ideas in architecture guys

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    And FLW “ripped everything off” from Japan. Where do you draw the line? this house stands on it’s own.

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    20 years earlier than Falling Water there was a movement in Russia called Suprematism and architects like El Lissitzky. Before writing about “rip offs” study some history.

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    I think rip-off is really off the mark here… it’s silly. It’s referencing lots of modernist concepts, that’s true, but materials, setting and visual impact are entirely different than FLW.

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    i’m impressed how nobody mentions the terrible waste of a beautiful natural scenery. Architects should be more sensible about these issues and repudiate speculation.

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    i think these are renderings? extremely good renderings, but renderings nonetheless…nice project; phenomenal site!

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      Hey Oldschool………… must be too old to know how to navigate Google Earth…….if you checked it out you’d see the house exist on the Northwest Shore of the island (also per the attached aerial map). Ridiculous comment along with the FLW rip off ridiculous comment. Yes there’s definitely nothing new here (boxes have been around FOREVER) yet it’s a beautiful composition and extremely well composed. If you’re of the modernist school one would and should be proud to have their tag on this one…………EXCELLENT!!!! Definitely a 10.

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    Nothing original here – its a best hits of midcentury modernism, albeit done nicely.

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    please put more sketches about your projects in the site

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    hi creators of this piece!!

    Don’t listen to any negative criticism!

    You have done a great job in such a short span.
    Your commitment, creativity, hard work and nobleness has certainly paid off and is commendable.

    hats off!

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    this is falling water by FLW…!!!…just that the water ain’t falling….!!…the sketch if quizzed on randomly would receive the same name fr an answer!!!

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    What i don’t understood is actually how you’re no longer really much more smartly-favored than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus significantly in the case of this topic, made me for my part imagine it from a lot of numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be fascinated except it?s something to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs great. Always handle it up!

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    Too many details for the finish; however, those ariel views are amazing since you can’t see those details.

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    Falling Water is in different climate, this one may have mosquito problem. It is a paradise, but we know exactly who made paradise possible, He gave also Dekalog. How about the owner, his Adam and Eve and capitalism in its worst hell like Afganistan and Iraq???

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