Project: Arize Hotel, Thailand
Architects: IDIN Architects, Thailand
The project is the first branch of a hotel launched on Sukhumvit 26 Road, targeting Japanese expatriates. Later on, the owners anticipated the opportunity in Sriracha where there is an industrial estate in the area, plus it is a strong base of Japanese business people. The hotel consists of 379 guestrooms. In order to serve the long-stay guests, in some room types, there are additional facilities and space further than the standard hotel. Meanwhile, the design of the hotel conformed to the context and characteristic of the beach city.
At the podium zone, there is a massive enclosed courtyard which primarily keeps most existing trees and acts as a serene welcome area for guests; it protects the area from outer chaos. This court is inspired by the concept of ‘Engawa’, which means a terrace connecting people and nature together. Laths are selected as a feature element to enclose the courtyard and control the quality of light shining into space. The apparent shade changes along the time. This occurrence reflects the origin of the Japanese word ‘Ma’ which means space or place in Japanese architecture. It is derived from the word door and sun which implies that there is sunlight seeping through the door’s void.
The lobby is precisely aligned in the axis of the existing tamarind tree which acts as a background of the lobby entrance. On the second floor, there is a bridge connecting to all-day dining area as a loop which is convenient for usage. The glass which encloses this floor is designed to be semi- transparent giving a hint of a Japanese paper door, ‘Shoji’. The top of the podium locates the new experienced swimming pool that guest can swim around the building and courtyard below. Therefore, the tree court could be easily seen from many spots in the podium.
For the tower, the project’s owners intended to apply a double-load-corridor system in guestroom zone for minimum circulation area, so the designers followed the requirement to allow all rooms see the beautiful view, by laying one side of the building facing the gulf of Thailand and the other facing the mountain view. Many common areas are filled in every floor for any outdoor activity and they continually connect together till the top where the penthouse is located. This penthouse is a combination of living area, bedrooms and meeting room for the owners. The interior spaces inspired by the famous late Edo art topic, ‘Setsu GetsuKa’ referring to snow, moon and flower, this particular phrase is interpreted into many chapters which are separately used in different zones. At the lobby, the word snow is interpreted as ‘to be borderless’ by covering the pillars with reflecting glass and installing 3,000 wood pieces in the ceiling referring to haphazardly falling snow. Collaborating with the reflecting glass, some wood pieces that locate around the pillars could be reflected and blend themselves with surroundings harmoniously. Regarding the all-day dining zone, it interacts with the word moon as it is about the phenomenon of light and shadow, while the conference room is interpreted from the word flower and it is demonstrated through the movement of the elements. Additionally, the concept of ‘WabiSabi’ is also explained in guestrooms through the using of natural wood with raw texture in decoration to illustrate its imperfect beauty.
Client: Waterscape Group Co Ltd
Architects: Jeravej Hongsakul, Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat, Naruporn Ngamsritragul
Interior architects: Sarin Rangsikanbhum, Wiset Sukprom
Landscape architects: TROP.terrains.openspace
Structural engineer: S & Associates
System engineer: EEC Engineering
Contractor: 27 Engineering, First Technology
Area: 33,000 sq m
Year of completion: 2019