23° Escape | Khao Yai, Thailand | SHMA

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Liquid substances on Earth naturally fall and flow to the lower grounds, forming an erosion landscape that humans find beautiful. Our site located at the intersection where the flow meets the ground and is surrounded by mountains. The process of erosion inspired the shape of the landscape became the feature of our designs.

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First, the water features are pools that penetrated the grass terrain, while the dune acts as a pool deck at once. At the lowest point, a large pond was introduced to enhance the atmosphere and also act as a collective rain water source for the plantations in dry seasons.

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Second, by emphasizing on materials and plants considerations, planting species were selected to tolerate drought in order to minimize uses of water. A mix of species is used to blend with surroundings while enticing wildlife into the landscape.

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Lastly, the design works to create a seamless natural environment borrowing the surrounding landscape creating a blurred boundary between the site and the surrounding natural landscape. The boundary between human and nature is indistinct and they become one.

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23° Escape | Khao Yai, Thailand | SHMA
Landscape Architect | Shma Company Limited

Project Team |
Design Director – Yossapon Boonsom
Landscape Architect – Charnchai Chitpatanapaibul
Landscape Architect – Worawe Jungmongkolsawat
Client & Developer | Sansiri Public Co., Ltd.
Structure Engineer | Actec
M&E | V Group Engineering Co., Ltd.

Photograph Credit | Mr. Wison Tungthunya