Inside Kengo Kuma’s latest project in Phuket, Thailand

Inside Kengo Kuma’s latest project in Phuket, Thailand

A series of floating roofs made possible by innovative engineering concepts
14 Jan 2020 News

Designed for retailer Aman, the design of the Amanpuri retail pavilion in Phuket, Thailand by Kengo Kuma features a column-free interior and a series of floating roofs.

Credit: Kengo Kuma and Associates

The steeply pitched roofs are inspired by the ancient Thai capital of Ayautthaya. And in a nod to the resort’s iconic stairway to Pansea Beach, the pavilion is entered via a broad flight of steps that lead visitors down to the spacious boutique floor. Once inside, the boutique is subtly compartmented into a series of different retail spaces with a central lounge area at the heart. The lounge offers refreshments as well as opportunities for relaxation on selected furniture pieces - which were also designed by Kengo Kuma.

Credit: Kengo Kuma and Associates

Clad with dark tiles that absorb the summer light, the layered roofs of the pavilion appear to float. The apparent lightness of the roof concept belies the difficulty of combining two very different structural systems – one being cross-laminated timber and the other being steel and glass partitions.

Credit: Kengo Kuma and Associates

The engineering concept explored here was also used in the Tokyo New National Stadium project, also by Kuma, which makes use of the same CLT system on a larger scale.

Credit: Kengo Kuma and Associates
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