kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

kengo kuma designs retail pavilion at amanpuri, thailand

 

at the amanpuri resort in phuket, thailand, kengo kuma & associates has designed a holistic pavilion to serve as a new retail space. conceived as the latest collaboration between the world-renowned japanese practice and the international hospitality brand aman, the structure fuses traditional asian architecture and modern design, generating a rhythmic sequence of floating roofs.

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

 all images courtesy of kengo kuma & associates

 

 

a light and transparent icon

 

the new retail pavilion by kengo kuma (find more here) presents itself as a light and transparent icon beside the entrance of the amanpuri resort. the language of the building draws from traditional thai design, forming continuous gable roofs at different heights. the gaps between the roofs allow natural light to permeate the pavilion, making for a brightly illuminated interior. in addition, the openings, as well as the ample natural light, enhance the sense of transparency within the structure, making visitors feel as if they’re floating inside it. 

 

the steeply pitched roof serves as a reference to amanpuri’s inspiration — the ancient thai capital of ayutthaya. this telescope-like cross-section roof uses CLT as a structural material, and a scale-shaped aluminum panel covers it. this scaly detail is a random and expanded scale of shingle that gives the roof a rhythm that harmonizes with the surrounding forest. 

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

 

 

nodding to the resort’s iconic stairway to pansea beach, a broad flight of steps leads to the spacious boutique, divided into different spaces that are organized around a central lounge area. here, guests can relax and rest on the limited edition furniture pieces which are also designed by kengo kuma.

 

the retail pavilion welcomes guests who want to purchase a curated selection of items created by local and international designers exclusively for the aman brand. these items include clothing, accessories, jewelry as well as skincare products, whose packaging was conceived by the architect. 

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

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kengo kuma tops retail pavilion in thailand with rhythmic sequence of floating roofs

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: amanpuri retail pavilion

architects:  kengo kuma & associates | @kkaa_official
project team: balazs bognar, naoki nitta, richard david nelson, martina bandolin, adrian yau, william golding

cooperative office: architects11
structural design: arup
prefab structural design: venturer
landscape: trop

location: phuket, thailand
area: 195 sqm

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