PortfolioThe Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York
New York, New York, USA
Investigating the locale for a potential project, I visited the Maruekatayawan Palace, constructed in 1923 by His Majesty King Rama VI, in Hua Hin, Thailand.
A stunning building ... more than a building … a guided perambulation through a tropical garden, a careful selection of vistas, a cool sea breeze on a heavy afternoon.
Envisaged by a King as a place to 'fully relax, in great comfort', realised by a travelling Italian architect, constructed by local craftsmen – the parallels with our current design process struck me.
Recyclable, minimal, prefabricated materials … a refined and modern response to a climate and an ideal.
There is so much to inspire our contemporary design of 'places to relax' through continuity with times passed.
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