This beautifully photographed book showcases the Thai houses by the internationally renowned architect. Considered the Axel Vervoordt of Asia for his masterful use of ancient architectural elements and age-old materials, Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu is an architect whose unique style reflects its northern Thai or Lanna roots while keeping a firm footing in contemporary style. Lanna architecture is characterized by the concept of simplicity, nature, and focusing on "discovery, not invention." In a meaningful and informed manner, Ong-Ard Architects preserves then adds to this classic style s simplicity with such contemporary touches as concrete floors and high, airy ceilings creating a sophisticated juxtaposition between past and present.Original photography by François Halard was prepared especially for this book. Featured here are his inviting homes, resorts, and hotels, each a serene oasis whether in the countryside or the city. The interiors grand yet spacious gestures that highlight nature-inspired architectural spaces will inspire both casual readers and interior design aficionados alike.Striking a balance between the historic and contemporary, this volume encapsulates Thailand's vast world influence and Ong-Ard s keen design insight.
Architect and hotelier, Ong-Ard Satrabhandhu is committed to traditional Lanna culture with a contemporary twist. Francois Halard has been a regular contributor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and House and Garden for over thirty years.