The main characteristics of this resort is strongly
influenced by its geography. Most guest rooms are specifically designed to
afford views of the natural mangrove forest and the Andaman Sea. Another key
element of the design is inspired by Phuket’s rich history, culture, as well as
vernacular and Sino-Portuguese architecture. “Goh kha ki”, the Sino-Portuguese
style colonnade, is integrated into the details and design of the project’s
architecture, whilst other elements of the Sino-Portuguese style are applied in
the design of screen patterns and the facade.
The JW lobbies are another prominent feature and
architectural concept. These are enhanced as a reflected sculptural cubic mass.
When viewed from afar, the two main lantern lobbies, and several lantern
pavilions, appear to float on a reflective pool, forming a unique feature to
the resort. The lobby areas also feature a unique interplay of a crystal-like
glass facade and an internal-external Chinese-patterned screen covering. The
strong architectural grammar of this patterned screening becomes more striking
at night when the lobby areas are lit up to illuminate the surroundings.
The simple form illustrates the congruent blending of
architecture with nature and reflective water, integrated visually through the
creation of an infinity pool-style water feature. This gives the architectural
impression that the buildings are floating on water through the sea in refined
Altus Page Kirkland
Jiangso Provincial Construction Group (Thailand)