Sanitas Studio was commissioned in 2011 by Sansiri PLC to devise a master plan and landscape design for Baan San Kraam, a residential project on Cha-Am beach, Petchaburi,Thailand. Only 10 per cent of its extensive area borders the beach meaning just two of the 13 buildings have a direct sea view. The challenge for Sanitas was to provide a landscape design allowing all residents to feel equally close to the beach.
Starting with a nautical nostalgia theme, Sanitas envisaged the land as an abstract form of the ocean. It would contain different elements of islands and seascape such as jungle, villages and a floating house. Seven clusters of buildings were then created with their own unique seascape character.
The landscape design is a simple interpretation of the wave typology. Having studied its form in detail,
Sanitas has developed it into three dimensional landscape form.This includes wave seating, stepping stones, rock day beds and a tree house, while water is the landscape’s key element and connects all zones together. Residents can experience the different character of each area from their arrival at Lobby Beach and then across the water to the Jungle which is surrounded by secluded villages. Local coastal plants enhance the natural beauty of the development and its stunning oceanside concept, while existing trees have been preserved to provide welcome shaded area.
Starting with nautical nostalgia, we envisage the land as an abstract form of the ocean. The abstract ocean would contain different characters of islands and seascape; the jungle, the villages, the floating house and the sea tide. This would create different atmosphere for each cluster of buildings. Then we create 7 clusters of building with their own unique seascape character, from Lobby-beach, Fisherman Village, Modern Jungle, Village-tree house, Village-pool, Connecting beach and floating house. The landscape design is a simple interpretation of the wave typology. We study the form of sea wave and
develop it in the landscape form three dimensionally. It becomes part of the continuous seating, continuous steps, the retaining wall and planters. The gradient color of the sea was reveal through a gentle contour line underneath the water. People can experience the different character of each area since arrival, from Lobby beach across the water to the Jungle, which surrounded by secluded villages. Before arriving on the beach, there was a large
swimming pool and sunbathing terraces.