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Tucked away in an ancient valley on Phuket’s western coast, The Naka is a discreet tropical hideout with 95 glass villas cantilevering from the mountainside to give guests endless panoramas of the sparkling Andaman Sea. Duangrit Bunnag’s daring design makes visitors feel as though they are floating among the trees, while the spa, Olympic-sized infinity pool, and wave-lapped private beach provide space for guests to seek a natural equilibrium.
MADE BY ORIGINALS
Bold minimalism is what Duangrit Bunnag does best, having built his reputation designing high-rise condos, private residences, and office blocks at Thailand’s renowned Architects 49 firm. After striking out on his own and establishing DBALP, Bunnag challenged himself with The Naka Phuket, integrating his minimalistic manifestations into a complex natural landscape.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Rather than creating a property resembling traditional Thai bungalows or a high-rise grand luxury hotel, Duangrit Bunnag decided to do something different—he created a forest of stone and glass villas. Bunnag was determined to work around the natural features of the land, which resulted in a scattering of villas across the tree-peppered valley. At the property’s center sits a collection of four wooden pavilions, while the pagoda-like lobby enjoys a refreshing sea breeze. The low-lying villas, comprised of one, two, or three bedrooms, and ensure the utmost privacy, with glass façades being concealed by trees and stone walls adding to the hideaway feel. Cantilevered cuboids give the illusion of levitation, while interiors abound with clean geometry, amber-colored floorboards, and cool white sofas.