KC Grande Resort and Spa-Hillside
Teerawat Winyarat

KC Grande Resort and Spa-Hillside

FOS - FOUNDRY OF SPACE as Architects

In the recent years, the growing tourism market in the East coast of Thailand has resulted in even more developments in hotel and tourism-related businesses in the region. Chang Island in the province of Trad, one of the most popular beach cities among European holidaymakers, has also followed this trend steadily.


The existing KC Grande Resort & Spa, located on the most beautiful beach in the island : Had Sai Kao (White Sand Beach), has welcomed its guests in full capacity for the last couple years. To accommodate the increasing number of bookings in the near future, the new extension demands additional 79 keys with facilities including pools, a restaurant, bars and sun-bathing decks.


Situated at the corner of the inclined road that cuts the site into a triangular shape which is less than 100 meters away from the beachfront, KC Grande Resort & Spa New Extension faces two problematic challenges: how can the building fit in a triangular site with a steady inclination? And how can the guests feel like being part of the beachfront despite the fact that they are far-off?


By splitting the building into two parts in two different levels according to the existing topography, we optimise the internal space between the 5-metre different levels of the front and the back buildings while also strategically placing a 30m-long pool and a 3.5m-high artificial waterfall as a focal point in middle of the space. On the first floor of both the lower and upper buildings, all guestrooms have direct access to the plunge pools of their own, representing the effect of being adjacent to the sea. Another advantage of locating the back building on top of the slope is that most of the guestrooms have clear view towards the sea, not being blocked by the lower building and other buildings in front. On the rooftop level of the lower building, a 40m-long infinity-edge pool with a pool bar at the far end provides a unique experience of being at the seam line between the sky and the horizon overlooking towards Had Sai Khao Beach. The architectural elements, from the scale of the facade to the interior space of the project, are treated as the performing character of wooden weaving, a local craftsmanship. The interplay of light and shadow is subtlely articulated in various part of the building.


Products Behind Projects
Product Spotlight
News
Austin Maynard Architects designs a “pretty” wellness-enhancing home in Melbourne
12 Apr 2024 News
Austin Maynard Architects designs a “pretty” wellness-enhancing home in Melbourne

Australian architectural studio Austin Maynard Architects recently completed a new two-story house i... More

Ædifica completes residential development in Montreal emphasizing densification, sustainability, and quality of life
11 Apr 2024 News
Ædifica completes residential development in Montreal emphasizing densification, sustainability, and quality of life

Montreal-based architectural practice Ædifica has completed Cité Angus II, the second p... More

Knox Bhavan reimagines challenging London brownfield site as contemporary low-carbon home
10 Apr 2024 News
Knox Bhavan reimagines challenging London brownfield site as contemporary low-carbon home

London-based architectural practice Knox Bhavan designed Threefold House, a new residential property... More

Tokyo Kabukicho Tower appears like a giant animated water fountain
10 Apr 2024 News
Tokyo Kabukicho Tower appears like a giant animated water fountain

Tokyo-based Yuko Nagayama & Associates designed the expansive facade of Tokyo Kabukicho Tower, a... More

Introducing Partner Vondom
10 Apr 2024 Partner News
Introducing Partner Vondom

Vondom is a leading company in designing, manufacturing, and commercializing avant-garde indoor and... More

Silt Middelkerke is a new architectural landmark on the Belgian coast
9 Apr 2024 News
Silt Middelkerke is a new architectural landmark on the Belgian coast

Middelkerke, a municipality in West Flanders, Belgium, has an eye-catching new venue and public spac... More

Mario Cucinella Architects completes sustainable Smart Factory in Brazil with distinctive roof and impressive funnel
8 Apr 2024 News
Mario Cucinella Architects completes sustainable Smart Factory in Brazil with distinctive roof and impressive funnel

Italian architecture and design practice Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) has completed a forward-lo... More

Introducing Partner OpenAire
8 Apr 2024 Partner News
Introducing Partner OpenAire

OpenAire is a leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of retractable aluminum roof enclosures... More