sanitas studio emulates ocean journey through baan san kraam in thailand
sanitas studio emulates ocean journey through baan san kraam in thailand sanitas studio emulates ocean journey through baan san kraam in thailand
apr 25, 2014

sanitas studio emulates ocean journey through baan san kraam in thailand

sanitas studio emulates an ocean journey through baan san kraam in thailand
all images courtesy of sanitas studio




referencing the movement of ocean waves, thai firm sanitas studio has completed the master plan and landscape design for a residential project on cha-am beach, petchaburi in thailand. even though the site is relatively large, only 10% of it actually connects to the waterfront, so the challenging task was to create an atmosphere that enabled all inhabitants to feel equally close to the beach.


an overarching nautical theme was applied throughout the project – the spaces contain different characteristics of islands and seascape, and are separated into the jungle, the villages, the floating house and the sea tide with each cluster of buildings offering a unique atmosphere.


(left) the ‘fisherman village’
(right) overall view



the landscape design interprets wave typology for both the layout and its three dimensional structures to become part of the continuous seating, steps, retaining wall and planters. the range of blues in the ocean are also visible and have been interpreted through a gentle contour line beneath the water.

view of the swimming pool ‘the ocean’



the flowing body of water is used to connect all the areas together, forming a constant dialogue with the built structures throughout the site. this man-made ‘ocean’ is surrounded by circulation pathways and sunbathing decks – and also runs adjacent to many unit balconies so that people have a direct access to the swimming pool. all the areas are lined with a jungle of rustic and soft plants, giving a calming and nurturing feeling as well as providing shade for outdoor function parts and decrease the tropical air temperature.

(left) wave typology
(right) beach pool and floating house


overview of the fisherman’s deck


the village at night


view of the ‘lobby beach’


day time


village – tree house


master plan



project info:


project name: baan san kraam
completion date: december 2013
location: cha-am, petchaburi, thailandland
area: 23,109.96 sq.m. (13 buildings, 266 units)
landscape area: 16,158.63 sq.m.
client: sansiri plc
design director: sanitas pradittasnee
project team: ronarong chompoopan, supavadee nimawan, rachaniporn tiempayotorn, amisa raksiam, vongvaritt siwatwarasuk
architect: somdoon architects
photographer: wison tungthunya



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