makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house
makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house
aug 27, 2015
makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house


makoto yamaguchi experiments with luxury material textures in laos house
image © koichi torimura

 

 

 

located in the town of pakse in laos, the interior project by makoto yamaguchi is based within a vast building characterized by its classical european style. leaving the distinctive exterior untouched, the interiors have been approached in a contemporary manner –a purpose contrast to its exterior.

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view toward living room from entrance hall with the swarovski chandelier on the left
image © koichi torimura

 

 

 

makoto yamaguchi comments: ‘it seemed only natural for us to aim for an interior design that would take into account the powerful impact of the classical european exterior. initially, we had felt that the classical european style seemed somewhat out of place in laos, southeast asia. but once the buildings were painted in a shade of ocher, they seemed to ease into the environment, sitting comfortably as site specific architecture. the combination of the classical european style and laos landscape no longer seemed strange; the elements were now integrated or in harmony. this was an extremely interesting revelation for us, and thus, we felt our design should follow that feeling.’

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image © koichi torimura

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the objet d’art constructed using crystals by swarovski, invoking an image of a waterfall
image © koichi torimura

 

 

 

the local area is well-known for its nature and waterfalls, this influenced the large decorative feature located at the entrance of the ground floor. the objet d’art constructed using crystals by swarovski, invoking an image of a waterfall, the choice of using this precious stone is a reflection of the classical and grand façade.

 

the generous space is basked in natural light through the row of arched windows on each side, moreover, the overlapping of each level is highlighted through the choice of materials. experimentation between different textural qualities is seen throughout the residence, smooth and rough surfaces sit side by side: granite walls is flanked with large reflective panels of stainless steel whilst, white marble floors is used against teak wood sourced from laos. the contrasts in tones and textures presents a elegant harmony with the backdrop of the grand building.

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the residence is illuminated with natural light
image © koichi torimura

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granite stone wall seen in the bathroom
image © koichi torimura

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a play of light created by the crystals
image © koichi torimura

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the contemporary interior contrasts to the more classical exterior
image © koichi torimura

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second bathroom, displays the combination of materials used
image © koichi torimura

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the exterior is a classical european style, unlike the local buildings of laos
image © koichi torimura

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