The Naked Home by Marc Gerritsen

Architect Marc Gerritsen has made this amazing property for himself in Koh Samui, Thailand.

“The major issue about this area is the expanse of the surroundings and the quietness. Life in Taipei is quite hectic, and I needed a area to escape. I actually needed a quiet spot and a fantastic view. Possessing an open prepare living area, with doors that can completely slide away, which looks out at the pool and the ocean – that’s one thing I’d been considering about for a long time. With this plot, I was in a position to put the pieces of the puzzle with each other.

The residence was a return to the basic values in lifestyle: good clean air, broad open space, quiet solitude. With these fundamental values you can be in a space that is uncluttered, and your mind can turn into nonetheless. That is also the reason behind the extremely standard components that I have utilized: concrete, wood, steel and glass. There are no embellishments. The emphasis is on the space rather than the materials”.

“I initially planned 3 stories: 2 bedrooms on the bottom the pool, living location and kitchen on the middle level and an workplace on prime. But I’ve extra a bathroom on the living room degree, a laundry room and pantry. I wished a easy kitchen, with no overhead cupboards or tall fridge, so the pantry is good for storage. I additional a freestanding open-air bathroom, as the top room became a magnificent master bedroom which essential an en-suite. The tank and plant area became a massive open space with a swing bed, underneath the deck I added a steam room, and the area beneath the bedrooms now houses an office and maid’s space. So it ended up getting 5 stories – the consequence of a operate in progress.

My function more than the final number of many years as an architectural and interior photographer has taught me what not to do. Searching at all the extremely fine comprehensive properties I photographed in Asia. I thought: “Is this really needed to be comfortable? If I walk on a concrete floor or if I stroll on a marble floor, is it going to make my living encounter so much much better?” No. You just require a floor to walk on. I am interested in a return to fundamentals, in a luxury monastic way of living”.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 March, 2014

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