secondfloor architects construct yellow submarine coffee tank within thailand's khao yai national park secondfloor architects construct yellow submarine coffee tank within thailand's khao yai national park
aug 01, 2016

secondfloor architects construct yellow submarine coffee tank within thailand's khao yai national park

 

secondfloor architects have constructed a luxury coffee shop near the perimeter of the khao yai national park – one of thailand‘s popular go-to destinations. the project titled ‘yellow submarine coffee tank’ was developed in order to reflect the existing landscape, using a subtle palette of dark earthly textures, that disclose and mirror the indian mahogany plantation. the delicate nature of the tropical recreation area, provides a harmonious backdrop to the cafe, allowing visitors to relax and unwind within a minimal, understated dwelling.

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all images © ketsiree wongwan

 

 

 

a 38 meter length wall situated at the sloped entrance to the store, accentuates the jagged quality of the site’s location. the stark nature of the building is thus exaggerated by the dramatic contrast of the construction against the surrounding environment. secondfloor architects focused on the physical interaction between material and landscape. the walls for example were coated with a chinese ink and glossy tiles, in order to reflect the plantation through a balanced display between light and shadow. 

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entrance to the cafe

 

 

 

following the stairs up to the cafe, the visitor is guided up the gravel path leading to the development. behind the large wall, guarding the inside space, stands the ‘yellow submarine coffee tank’. this section uses a brick facade, which allows bursts of light to enter inside creating a graphic imprint on the building, which can be seen most evidently during the night. the interior follows a similar pattern to the outside construction. a long rectangular table stands at the centre, looking out onto the tropical greenery outside. each room highlights a different viewpoint, allowing visitors to watch the day turn to duck whilst enjoying a cup of dark brewed coffee. 

 

 

video courtesy of sake simaraks 

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secondfloor architects used chinese black ink on the walls surrounding the cafe

secondfloor architects yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
the cafe includes a modular brick facade

secondfloor architects yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
the outdoor area 

secondfloor architects yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
the construction worked around existing trees

secondfloor yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
glossy tiles reflect the exiting landscape

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the site

secondfloor yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
the coffee room 

secondfloor yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
the brick facade creates a graphical imprint on the building

secondfloor yellow submarine coffee tank thailand khao yai designboom
plan

 

 

 

project info:

location: khaoyai, nakhon ratchasima, thailand
completion: 2015
area: 300 sqm
architect: secondfloor architects
architect team: sake simaraks, presert ananthayanont, suebsai jittakasem, nutt la-iad-on, jatuphon wangsong
engineer: picharn rojratsirikul
contractor: worapot noinue
photography: ketsiree wongwan

 

 

 

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edited by: hollie smith | designboom

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