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Botanica Sales Office & Showrooms / Vin Varavarn Architects

  • 01:00 - 7 October, 2011
Botanica Sales Office & Showrooms / Vin Varavarn Architects
Botanica Sales Office & Showrooms / Vin Varavarn Architects, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Project Team

    M.L.Varudh Varavarn, Kanoksak Yodmongkon, Santiparp Ruttacomnuan, Meechai Jareonporn
  • Interior Designer

    Define Studio Co,.Ltd
  • Landscape Designer

    Vin Varavarn Architects Ltd.
  • Structural Engineers

    Vin Varavarn Architects Ltd.
  • Owner

    Scenical Developments Co,. Ltd
  • Construction Management

    Qbic Engineer & Architects Co,. Ltd
  • Main Contractor

    Water Thai Construction Co,. Ltd.
  • Area

    358.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. Located in close proximity to the famous Kao Yai National Park in Pakchong District NakornRatchasima Province, our challenge was to design the Sales Office and Showrooms for the new modern Botanica Condominium. The sales office design needs to reflect the original concept of the condominium project of harmonizing architecture with the beautiful natural environment but, with designs unique and striking enough to capture the interest of the prospective clients and passer-byes.

elevation
elevation

Rather than designing one big air-conditioned building as requested, a different solution was proposed to bring nature into play by creating a group of small buildings enclosed amidst natural setting. The architecture is to be as simple as possible in order to enhance and not to overpower the natural beauty of the landscape. At the same time, it should create a relaxing atmosphere to reinforce positive relationships between the clients and the marketing team. This group of buildings composes of a sales office, 2 showroom buildings and toilet facilities, all connected by an outdoor elevated walkway through open natural landscape. This seemingly simple walkway was designed to transform the walk through the garden, into the interior spaces and the sample room units into an enjoyable and memorable journey. The two showrooms have exterior wall finishing of bamboo paneling sprayed with glossy black paint, resembling two mysterious looking cubes. The glossy paint on the bamboo walls was chosen to juxtapose with the rough surface of local stone and the polished concrete floor. Glimmering reflections from the luscious green surrounding on the glossy bamboo wall further adds more alluring dimensions to the overall outlook.

© Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

While these two showrooms display a solid character, the sales office in front of the site, on the other hand, conveys a light and airy feeling with exposed steel structure and full height frameless glazed paneling. Through the large glazed paneling on the front façade, one can view both the garden area and sample room units within.

© Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

Over the reception area of the sales office, a sky light has been placed to enable natural light to penetrate into the interior space. As this area is intensely hot during the summer season, above the skylight level, a second steel roof structure with bamboo lath is installed to screen off the intense light. At the back of the sales office building, a large veranda provides additional spaces for discussions and meeting with the prospective clients. The entire area is shaded with large trees to filter the light and to cool off the heat, creating a totally pleasant atmosphere for both formal and informal meetings.

© Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

Construction materials were carefully selected from locally available materials in order to enhance harmony with the natural environment. By using these local construction materials which the local workmen have a great deal of expertise, the project was able to speed up the construction time considerably. Furthermore, we were delighted to find that the work has certain charms resulting from the local craftsmanship.

sketch of the layout
sketch of the layout

Design of the landscape is equally simple, emphasizing the differing sizes and colors of the plants selected. For example, in the central courtyard, the tall Moulmein Lancewood trees have been proposed to present a sharp contrast with the bushy grassy lawn. The light bark of the tree further intensifies the black cube buildings in the background, giving an impressive view of the overall project.

Text provided by Vin Varavarn Architects.

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Gia Long · March 24, 2012

Amazing

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Pim Manrt · February 12, 2012

This design really looks peaceful and in tune with the environment. I like how the space is laid out and careful consideration has been taken into allowing natural lighting inside. The best part will probably be the materials which seem to be made with thought to last nicely .. very well done in all aspect.

Pang Dharmaraksa · February 12, 2012

SO creative!

jah · February 12, 2012

Great idea!

Krit Sutasilpromprae · February 09, 2012

Love it!

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The design is very attractive and the use of materials really goes well with the surroundings. But is that bamboo on the roof over the patio area exposed to the elements? I've done that and in the weather of Thailand it quickly becomes rotten and unattractive. Even treating it only adds a short amount of life to it. As much as I like soft materials they just to stand up to the elements.

Tristan ... · November 05, 2011

gorgeous!! I'd love put an incredible kitchen in it and live in it!

DON · October 15, 2011

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Sara Alchalabi · October 11, 2011

design reminded me by Mies Van der Rohe "The Farnwell House". he faced the same problem which how to combine architecture with nature. i love the way the solved this problem by interlacing the nature with the building and make it part of it.even though it's simple design but a creative one in my opinion.and they chose the suitable material to accommodate the nature.

Sara Alchalabi · October 11, 2011

the design reminded me by Mies van der Rohe "The Farnsworth House". he faced the same problem which how to combine architecture with nature. i love the way the solved this problem by interlacing the nature with the building and make it part of it.even though it's simple design but a creative one in my opinion.

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katrina · October 09, 2011

Lovely, the materials are carefully chosen, and the whole design seems very creative and practical in the same time. I likes most the sketches and the representation of the ideas, but I am wondering is this amazing glazed facade will work properly with the design and will add the same visual value if we add a curtain to it???!! Or is it really doesn’t need a curtain there???!!!!

F.AlZarouni · October 09, 2011

I really like the materials used in here, it gives a nice feeling.

martin · October 09, 2011

beautiful, but are all birch trees photoshopped? Looks like that..

jongsarit · October 09, 2011

lovely, compact, smallspace but powerfull!

Nezz · October 09, 2011

Fantastic

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Samuel · October 08, 2011

WOW!!!

Love the combination of those rustic materials with a very simple but modern concept. Just great!!

Tuan Anh · October 08, 2011

i like this project.so beautiful!

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